1950

♦ The 31st Washington State Apple Blossom Festival was held May 4-6.

♦ Marylyle Cunningham was queen. Princesses were Drucilla Brennan and Joanne Brown

♦ Lloyd Olson was director general and Fred A. Siemon was assistant director general. Other volunteers involved with the festival included James Mills, Clarence Johnson, Mary Dietz, Stuart Adams, Walt Volkman, Ken Blair, Ken Allen, Orval J. Marchant, Al Winter, Mrs. Frank Satterberg, Glenn Woods, Robert Hogan and Bob Gibbs.

♦ On April 15, screaming sirens of a motorcycle escort brought the royal court downtown to a ceremony held at the corner of Wenatchee Avenue and Palouse Street where Queen Marylyle sold the first festival button, with her photo on it, to Director General Olson. 

♦ Gov. Arthur B. Langlie was the special guest at the all service club luncheon. Members of Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist and Soroptimist clubs attended. This was the third annual all service club luncheon held as an official festival event.

♦ The Wenatchee High School Band, under the direction of Robert Yetter, performed in concert preceding the coronation of the queen, who was crowned by the governor. Lynne Krawczyk was the royal flower girl.

♦ Blue Bird Queen Claudia Caldwell and princesses Jacquelyn Tooke and Patty Gilbert reigned over the junior parade of 3,000 students with decorated baby buggies, bicycles, vehicles and original exhibits.

♦ A  "parade host" was assigned to each out-of-town entry in the grand parade, a first for the festival.

♦ Cashmere's Aplets and Cotlets was again the grand sweepstakes winner in the commercial division of the grand parade. Leavenworth took top honors for the community division.

♦ A band revue and show was held at the Apple Bowl, featuring a high school band from Bremerton.

♦ Other festival events included a model airplane show, picnics in city parks, a posse show at the Appleatchee Club grounds, an exhibition by a Danish gymnastics team, a dance at the armory with music by Dude Smith and the Boys, and a fireworks show.

1951

♦ The 32nd Washington State Apple Blossom Festival was held May 3-5.

♦ Queen Lily Jo Hammans reigned over the festival, with princesses Barbara Bell and Odetta Hamilton.

♦ Director general was Clarence Johnson.

♦ Joy Smith, who assisted in originating the Blue Bird royalty selection in 1944, was shown in the Daily World with this year's young royal court. They were Queen Janet Herrick and princesses Geraldine Grant and Vicki Farver.

♦ One of the features of this year's festival was the first annual formally accredited horse show, sponsored by the Appleatchee Riders and the North Central Washington Shrine Club. Appleatchee Riders Club President Leo Scott and Shrine Club President Sim Smith coordinated the event to make it one of the "finest horse shows in the West."

♦ Queen Lily Jo, her princesses and festival officials attended the ribbon-cutting of the Meeker Shows carnival on Columbia Street.

♦ Gov. Arthur B. Langlie crowned Lily Jo as queen over "appleland." The program "Apple Blossoms in the Moonlight" was presented by Wenatchee High School and Wenatchee Junior College, under the direction of Lillian Grace Brown.

♦ The H.B. Ellison Junior High School Drill Team marched in the junior parade in their new plaid uniforms.

♦ Bob Harvey and the Harvey Boys played for a dance at the D&D Roller Bowl. A square and folk dance was held in the junior high gym. Callers for the square dance included Ted Ditmore, John Baird, Earl Bailor, I.M. Kramer, Charles McClain, Stan Pygott, Nancy Fox, Steven Wood and Bud Gillis. Don McCanughay was master of ceremonies. The dance was under the auspices of the Appleland Promenaders and the Swing and Turn Club.

♦ During the Appleland Band Revue, North Central High School Band of Spokane presented "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree," dedicated to the pioneers of the state apple industry.

♦ The float from Liberty Orchards of Cashmere took the grand parade sweepstakes. Community winners were Waterville, Peshastin and Methow Valley.