1966

♦ Patti Parkhill was queen of the 47th Apple Blossom Festival held May 5-8. Princesses were Sharon Reitz and Janice Wood. The Royal Maids were Peggy Ludwick, Sally Scheble, Vikki Grubb, Patti Lewis, Linda Ring, Cammi Cumbo and Pat Byrne.

 Bill Thoroughman was director general.

♦ Friday’s School Parade featured 3,500 Central Washington elementary and junior high school students. Among the entries was a float carrying Pioneer Junior High School royalty — Queen Janis Bolinger and princesses Paula Atwood and Jean Cernazanu.

♦ Coronation ceremonies at Pioneer Junior High School gym featured music by the Wenatchee High School Orchestra and a cappella choir, dancers from the Arlene Wadkins Studio, and vocal solos by Hugh Evans, Margaret Reich, Mrs. Earl Norwood and Susan Cadman.

♦ The queen’s ball was held in the Orchard Junior High School auditorium. The first dance featured Queen Patti and Gov. Dan Evans.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented the musical “Little Mary Sunshine” at the Liberty Theater. Cast members included Joan Bagdon, Darrel Bozett, Dave McNair, Robert Weston, Glenn Woods Jr., Alice Kennedy and Dixie Wilkinson.

♦ Harold Ottosen and Jim Trucano were among those working at Saturday morning’s Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.  

♦ Pre-parade entertainment included the Youth Circus, the Junior Eaglets Drill Team and the Junior Sheriff’s Posse, under the direction of Allen Cockrum.

♦ Sunnyslope’s community float with a Spanish Castle theme was the grand sweepstakes winner in the grand parade. On board was Princess Karen Dennis and her attendants Diana Younkin and Connie Poffenroth. Other divisional winners were Puyallup Valley, community sweepstakes; Wenatchee Valley College, non-commercial sweepstakes; Pacific National Exposition, commercial sweepstakes; and Olympia, Ephrata, Cashmere, Granite Falls, West Valley of Yakima and Peshastin-Dryden, communities.

♦ Gov. Evans was the grand parade marshal.

♦ Miller’s Department Store took first place in a festival window-decorating contest.

1967

♦ Patty Scaman was queen of the 48th Apple Blossom Festival held May 4-7. Princesses were Joanie Stewart and Patti Harris. The Royal Maids were Kathy Krueger, Chris Krueger, Joanie Waldbjorn, Janet Roehl, Janet Ziechkovski, Leanna King and Becky Hampton.

♦ Joe Nicholson was director general.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production of "The Sound of Music" was held at the Liberty Theatre. Alice Kennedy and James Wilkins had the leading roles. YWCA Youth Theatre also presented "Aladdin." 

♦ Coronation ceremonies for Queen Patty took place in a "Concert in the Park" setting at Pioneer Junior High gymnasium. Patti Parkhill, 1966 festival queen, assisted Gov. Dan Evans and Director General Nicholson with the coronation. Entertainment included vocal numbers by Hugh Evans, Mrs. Ray McDonald, 10-year-old Joshua Cadman, and a singing and dancing quartet of Rotarians consisting of Rev. Charles Fox, Dr. A.J. Stojowski, Joe Welty Jr. and Jack Grover. Dr. Ed Cadman was master of ceremonies.

♦ The queen's ball was held at Orchard Junior High gymnasium. Among those planning the event were Don Huggins, Bob Wines and Gordon Isaacson

♦ Miller's Department Store took first place in the festival window-decorating contest. Employees Maggie Jensen and Gerald Gerber were in charge.

♦ Dynamic Productions Inc. of North Hollywood set up a wax museum in Memorial Park. The new festival attraction featured likenesses of famous people including Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Mickey Mantle, the Beatles, Batman, Frank Sinatra and many more.

♦ Laurie Dussell, Carmen Bagdon and Nancy Drake carried the banner for the Orchard Junior High band and drill team in the youth parade.

♦ Bob Fahrenbruch was general chairman of the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast.

♦ Spokane's Lilac Festival float was named the grand parade sweepstakes winner. Other division winners included Sunnyslope, community division sweepstakes; and Wenatchee Valley College, non-commercial sweepstakes. 

♦ Grand marshal was Claude M. DeVorss, immediate past president of Lions International.

♦ A "Saturday Night Spectacular" in the Apple Bowl starred Tex Williams, the Silver Spurs, and Jack Roberts and the Evergreen Drifters. Dick Parkhill was chairman for the sponsoring Wenatchee Exchange Club.