1946

♦ The Apple Blossom Festival held May 3-4. (This year's festival count skipped ahead to 27. The years of 1943-45, when the festival wasn't held, would have been 24, 25 and 26.)

♦ Elsie Beth Halvorson was queen. Princesses were Dorothy Hutchinson and Jacquie Lee Farrington.

♦ I.C. Kuchenreuther was director general of the festival, with Al Roth Jr. as assistant. Mrs. Kenneth Moore and Mark Sorley were in charge of planning the festival’s banquet and queen’s ball.

♦ Washington Gov. and Mrs. Monrad C. Wallgren and Secretary of State Belle Reeves led the grand march at the queen’s ball, followed by Wenatchee Mayor and Mrs. Jack V. Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Art Garton.

♦ An estimated 12,000 people jammed Memorial Park for the queen’s coronation. During the event, 600 Wenatchee junior and senior high school students presented the festival pageant “Years at the Spring,” directed by Lillian Grace Brown. The cast included Christine Vernor, Betty Ann Maloney, Rosemary Schons, Nancy Depuy, Ernestine Syring and Duane Tedford.

♦ About 2,500 children participated in the children’s parade Friday afternoon. John Rutherford was chairman.

♦ An estimated 60,000 people attended Saturday’s grand parade which followed the “traditional” route starting at Second Street, turning south on Wenatchee Avenue, west on Kittitas Street and north on Mission Street to Second Street.

♦ The grand sweepstakes entry was from Great Northern Railway. Other top prize-winning divisional entries were Webb Tractor, commercial; Catholic Daughters of America, civic and fraternal; Chelan-Beebe-Manson, princesses’ floats; and Orondo, princesses’ decorated cars.

♦ Tours through blossom-filled orchards at the Washington State College Experiment Station on Western Avenue were held throughout the festival, conducted by Fred L. Overley.

♦ Sporting events held throughout the festival included four Western International League baseball games at Recreation Park between the Wenatchee Chiefs and the Bremerton Bluejackets.

♦ Five newsreel companies — Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, Universal, Fox-Movietone and Pathe Newsreel — shot film of festival activities to be shown in theaters throughout the U.S. 

1947

♦ Jean Olson was queen of the 28th Annual Apple Blossom Festival held May 1-3. Princesses were Patricia Sugg and Lois Banghart.

♦ Al Roth Jr. was director general of the festival. Assistant director generals were S.A. DiGiorgio and R. Neil Gellatly. Others in charge of planning events included Don Bruns, Lillian Grace Brown, Royal Weinstein, Bernice Bacharach, Fern Cousineau Duncan,  Fred Siemon, Ray Loffelbein, Martin Foster, Elmer Sweet, Don Isenhart, Tom McKoin, W.B. Smith and Dr. L.P. Batjer.

♦ Gov. Monrad Wallgren presided at the Thursday evening coronation ceremony. Children in the royal party were Cherrie Simmons, flower girl; Johnny Gilbert, scepter bearer; Linda Lanphere, flower girl; Roger Tichbourne, crown bearer; and Patricia Lynn Gilbert, train bearer.

♦ “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory,” telling the story of Northwest discovery and development, was the festival pageant. An audience of 7,000 packed the bleacher seats at the Apple Bowl to watch the production.

♦ About 2,500 school children marched in the junior parade on Friday. Walter Scott, a 14-year-old local junior high school student, won a blue ribbon for his decorated bicycle.

♦ The queen’s ball was held at the junior high school gymnasium. Pinky Tomlin and his orchestra provided the evening’s music. Russell Murray serenaded the royal court with the song “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time.”

♦ The Grange picnic at Pioneer Park attracted about 4,000 people.

♦ The Rotary Club sponsored a marble-shooting tournament at Whitman School.

♦ First place parade float winners in their divisions were Aplets, commercial; Junior Catholic Daughters, civic-fraternal-religious; Yakima, princess choice float; and Oroville, princess choice decorated car. Cashmere took first place for small bands and Wenatchee took first for drum and bugle corps.

♦ Frances Rafferty, Chili Williams, Benny Rubin, Guy Kibbee and Noreen Nash, all popular Hollywood stars, were in town for the festival. Nash, the former Norabelle Roth, was queen of the 1942 festival.