♦ The ninth annual Apple Blossom Festival was held April 27-28.
♦ Leona Watson was queen. Her princesses were Nadine Stewart and Rosella Corle.
♦ Wilder Jones was general chairman.
♦ Over 2,500 children marched in Friday's parade with the theme of "Spirit of the Apple." Leon Russell led the parade as color bearer with three Scout color guards and the Elks Junior Band directed by J.A. Proffitt.
♦ Queen Leona was crowned in ceremonies at Memorial Park. Emma Dahlke of Waterville, one of the princesses in attendance, was selected Queen Columbia to be the official area representative to all communities outside of North Central Washington.
♦ Among the princesses in attendance at the festival from throughout North Central Washington were Ruby Phelps, Manson; Mildred Elmore, Chelan; Edna Stoller, Quincy; Thelma Nobel, Ephrata; Etta Phillips, Withrow; Margaret Crowe, Leavenworth; Charlotte Hedding, Entiat; Naomi Gibson, Twisp; Betty Wall, Omak; Evelyn Duffy, Okanogan; Elizabeth Bise, Hartline; Helen Holland, Sunnyslope; Martha Oatey, Orondo; Leona Zediker, Cashmere; and Rosie Hatch, Pateros.
♦ Saturday's parade was attended by about 25,000 people. The Aplets float from Cashmere took grand sweepstakes. Other top entries were Bridgeport, communities; Labor Union, organizations; Skookum, businesses; East Wenatchee and Ardenvoir, schools; and Nicholson & Rupp, Entiat Kids and Western Produce, animated. Other parade entries included Goodwill, Bridgeport Bar, Warren Chrysler Motor Co., Webb's Shoppe, Camp Fire Girls, East Wenatchee Garden Club and Western Produce.
♦ There were three special sections for children participating in the parade. Winners were George Murray and Huckleberry Finn, dogs; Virginia and Mary Gussman, scooters and kiddie cars; and Peggy Washburn and Ella Mae McBride, dolls and buggies.
♦ Dedication of the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce airport coincided with the festival. An air circus was held.
♦ The festival was too big of an advertising medium for Wenatchee and North Central Washington to drop, Chamber of Commerce President George Jones said in a statement issued to dispel any idea here to discontinue the festival.
♦ The 10th annual Apple Blossom Festival was held May 3-4.
♦ Rosella Corle was queen. Oretha Parkhill and Shirley Foster were her attendants.
♦ Prior to the festival, Queen Rosella and her attendants were luncheon guests of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and extended a welcome to attend the festival. Their photos appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Times. Following that event, Rosella left for Chicago, accompanied by her chaperone Mrs. Fred Nancekivell, where she delivered greetings over the NBC network to help promote the Great Northern's Empire Builder program.
♦ The official royal "chariot" was a Studebaker President Eight sedan. The Wenatchee Produce Co., local Studebaker distributor, had furnished the official automobile for the last several years, according to Phillip Rose, manager.
♦ Coronation ceremonies were held in Memorial Park. A chorus of 400 local school children sang "Wenatchee's Blossom Day." Thelma Bergren, as princess of Peshastin, was named Queen Columbia.
♦ Washington Gov. and Mrs. Roland Hartley were among guests at the queen's ball. Also in the receiving line were Lt. Gov. and Mrs. John A. Gellatly; Fred M. Crollard, chamber president; G. Martin Warren, chairman of the festival; Mrs. Fred Nancekivell, official chaperone; and Mrs. O.G. Stephenson, chair of the coronation committee.
♦ Mrs. W.P. Cameron crafted blossoms from last year's apples to be used as decorations.
♦ An Apple Blossom Revue was held under the direction of the Cornish School in Seattle with music by Warren Anderson and his orchestra.
♦ Among the winners in the parade were Rotary, organizations; Entiat, communities; Thayer Motor Co., personal cars; Meadowmoor Dairy, commercial; and Wenatchee Traveling Men's Association, individual advertising stunts.
♦ Volunteers who helped with arrangements were Cliff Godfrey, Wellington Pegg, Ben Hays, Clyde Merchant, H.W. Hingley, Glenn Young, Ward Jesseph, Paul Benjamin, George Coburn, Fred Sharkey, Joe Welty, Mrs. Watson Corner, Wilder Jones and Bob Evans.