♦ The 53rd Apple Blossom Festival was held May 5-13 — over two weekends.
♦ Queen was Pam Murray. Robin Curtis and Patti Burgener were princesses. The Royal Maids were Cathy Quinn, Debbie Carmichael, Carol Horan, Darlene Engst, Jeannie Jeffery, Richelle Grubich and Rachel Casey.
♦ Director general was Bob Sumbardo.
♦ Local merchants put 10,000 souvenir wooden dollars into circulation — known as "Apple Box Bucks." Each wooden token promoted the festival. The dollars were also good in fair trade for items sold by the merchants. The merchants, in turn, redeemed them at local banks for full value.
♦ Fifth-graders at Cascade Elementary School concluded a social studies assignment with construction of festival floats in miniature. Donna Lucas' float won a first-place award among 46 made by the students of Hannah Bomersine and John Willet.
♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented "The Music Man" for the festival. Paul Pugh and Marti Reich were in the leading roles.
♦ YWCA Youth Theatre presented "The Wizard of Oz." In starring roles were Connie Corrick, Vickie Kiser, Mike Gilbert, Karl Dietrich, Bill Bolanos, Peggie Knapp and Fred McNeil.
♦ Homer English's scale model of "The Spirit of St. Louis," the plane which carried Charles Lindbergh on his historic 1927 flight, was a featured exhibit of the Ginkgo Gem and Mineral Show. The model was made of native stone.
♦ Students and adults danced to the music of the Axis Drive rock band at the queen's ball.
♦ The youth parade had a new format this year and was sponsored by the festival association. For the first time, the parade was not held on a Friday. "We felt this would give the working parents a better chance to see their youngsters," according to festival official Dianne Rainbolt.
♦ Honored guest in the grand parade was Charles F. Keiser of Wenatchee, who was about to turn 100 years old. Grand marshals were athletes Ron Steele and Alison Owen.
♦ Entertainer Pat Boone appeared at a community worship service.
♦ The 54th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 27-May 6.
♦ The royal court were Queen Deloma Ensley and princesses Jill Penhallegon and Cami Duvauchelle. The Royal Maids were Joy Wells, Becky Sonntag, Susan Perkins, Kathy Kundert, Lori Jones, Peggy Harrington and Diane Erb.
♦ Director general was Ray L. Shutt.
♦ Six high school choirs performed under the direction of Wayne Hertz, chairman of the Central Washington State College Music Department, for the first Apple Blossom Choral Festival. About 450 students from Wenatchee, Eastmont, Cashmere, Moses Lake, Davis and Pasco high schools participated.
♦ "Fiddler on the Roof" was Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production. Leading the cast were Dick Lapo, Bill Pifer, Marti Uecker, Connie Corrick, Craig Sears, Sheila Graves, Kelli Sager, Teri Spargo and Chris Ragland.
♦ Youth Theatre presented "Toby Tyler." Cast members included Marty Hupp, Lyle Van Meter, Ann Bright, Rick Corrick and Jody Graves.
♦ The boys Drill Guard Unit from Pioneer Junior High School was among the many entries in the "twilight" youth parade. Participants included Mike Dorn, Mike Marsh, Don Holland, Duane Eastman, Mike Claassen, Kelly Knapp, Harold Kristiansen and Ross Crollard. The grand prize-winning entry in the youth parade was a miniature Apple Blossom Stage Coach, carrying dressed-up dolls and pulled by Janice Moore and Denise Tiffany. They were students at Mission View Elementary School.
♦ "Women in Journalism" was the topic for the all service club luncheon with guest speaker Jean Enersen from Seattle's KING-TV.
♦ Special dignitaries in the grand parade were May Byrum and L.J. "Jack" Richardson, the Greater Wenatchee 80th Birthday Pioneer Couple. Master clown Emmett Kelly was grand marshal.
♦ John Benham, designer of the grand sweepstakes Olympia Brewing Co. float, had asked the Wenatchee Chamber for four "matronly" women to ride on his float to represent spring, summer, fall and winter. Dorothy Buchanan, Joyce Hurt, Joanne Beuhler and Margie Bergan said they would if they could be called "lovely ladies" rather than "matronly."