1956

♦ Jolly Ann Sachs was queen of the 37th annual Apple Blossom Festival held May 4-6. Princesses were Trina Hansen and Carol Sutton.

♦ Gordon Reed was director general of the festival.

♦ Friday’s “coronation under the stars” was held in the Apple Bowl, attracting 5,000 people. Wenatchee Mayor Si Simenson presented the crown and scepter. Wenatchee High School senior art student Norma Milligan helped design the stage. The event was directed by Fern Cousineau Duncan, assisted by Paul Pugh.

♦ Queen for the more than 1,000 H.B. Ellison Junior High School marchers in Friday’s Kid’s Parade was Sally Walker. Her attendants were Linda Oatey, Donna Brownell, Gail Batterman and Sue Shanor. Nearly 5,000 children representing 18 schools participated in the parade.

♦ A new route was used for Saturday’s grand parade. The 65 floats and other entries traveled down Orondo Avenue, turning right on Mission Street, turning left onto Kittitas Street to Wenatchee Avenue, and north to Fifth Street.

♦ Leading the dignitaries in the grand parade were Gov. and Mrs. Arthur B. Langlie.

♦ Alcoa was the grand sweepstakes winner in the parade. Other divisional sweepstakes winners were J.C. Penney Co., Sears Roebuck & Co. and Wenatchee MacDougall’s, commercial; Junior Catholic Daughters, non-commercial; and Yakima Chamber and Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Waterville, Dryden, Orondo and Methow Valley, communities.

♦ Appleatchee sponsored a three-performance horse show during the festival. Among the class winners were Betty MacLane, Cindy Rainwater, Jean Penny, Mrs. J.H. Gilpin and Suzanne Metcalf.

♦ “Appleland Follies,” a variety show, was part of the festival’s grand finale Saturday evening. Terry Schuster was producer and Willard W. Winterringer was co-producer. Dances were staged by Joan Shelton and music was arranged by Don Lanphere. A fireworks program followed.

1957

♦ Jewel Brumbaugh was queen of the 38th Annual Apple Blossom Festival held May 2-4. Her princesses were Sandra Gillette and Marilyn Dalvit

♦ R.F. Jones was festival director general.

♦ Thursday night’s festival pageant — a song-and-dance pantomime — drew 1,800 spectators. The royal court viewed the show from a high throne area in back of the Apple Bowl stage.

♦ Youth parade “royalty” were Kris Cederwall and Ron Bertram, princess and prince of H.B. Ellison Junior High School. An estimated 40,000 spectators lined the parade route from Columbia School to Wenatchee Avenue.

♦ Gov. Albert Rosellini presided at the coronation for Queen Jewel. About 2,500 people attended the Friday evening ceremony “under the stars” in the Apple Bowl.

♦ “Little royalty” assisted Queen Jewel during the festival. Selected for the honor were Linda Scrupps, Merrily Movius, Ardis Haring, Pamela Pinkerton, Marili Libke, Nora Ellen Campbell, Kathleen Stockstill, Sally Scheble, Judy Harn, Linda Kay Battan, Kristine Landreth, Connie Kay Lawn, Joan Waldbjorn, Monica Link, LaDonna Kinnamon and Nancy Jo Henderson.

♦ The festival’s Appleatchee horse show winners included Rhea Shipley, Eileen Eckstrom, Susan Eskil, Lyle H. Cobb, Betty MacLane and Cindy Rainwater.

♦ Wenatchee Paint and Glass won first place in the annual festival window decorating contest. Christine Fowler, representing the business, accepted the prize ribbon.

♦ Cashmere’s community float took the grand parade sweepstakes. Other division winners included Seattle Seafair, Cascadian Hotel, Wells & Wade Hardware, Wenatchee Lions Club and Puyallup Valley Daffodil Festival.

♦ Twenty-five young members of the Douglas County Junior Sheriffs marched in the grand parade along with 75 other junior sheriffs from King County. The local group was directed by Sgt. Bob Redlinger of the Marine Corps.

♦ The Appleland Rockettes were featured performers in the festival’s “Appleland Follies,” a variety show of song, dance and comedy with local and regional talent.

♦ Bill Young and his orchestra, with vocalist Thea Scott, performed for a dance at the D&D Roller Rink.