1962

♦ The 43rd Apple Blossom Festival was held May 3-5.

Polly Kinney was queen, with Princesses Carolyn Billingsley and Susan Looney. The Royal Maids were Karen Pulsipher, Carol Michel, Sharon Harris, Pamela Kirby, Beryl Brownlow, Carole Niemela and Lynda Robbe.

♦ E. “Si” Simenson was director general.

♦ The royal trio traveled to Seattle on a promotional tour and visited the site of the World’s Fair which was about to officially open. As they arrived on the observation deck of the Space Needle, a large lighted sign on the city skyline spelled out, “Welcome Apple Queen Polly Kinney.”

♦ Queen Polly and her princesses, along with local dignitaries, turned out in force on April 21 for the festival button sales kickoff, sponsored by the Wenatchee and Eastmont Jaycees. Among those attending were Mayor Pat Martin, Chamber Manager Lloyd Eastman, Director General Simenson and Al Seyster.

♦ Blue Bird royalty for the festival were Marsha Taylor, queen; and Niki Langgons and Debbie Deardorff, princesses.

♦ A trophy and first place ribbons in the festival downtown window decorating contest went to MacDougall’s.

♦ A festival souvenir plate was designed by Mrs. Francis Gibbs of East Wenatchee.

♦ The festival’s second annual musical comedy “La Vie Parisienne” was presented at the Liberty Theater. Cast members included Clarence DeSpain, Vivian Ball, Hugh Evans, Bud Woods, Mary Durham and Ed Cadman. It was the first production of the newly formed group, Music Theatre of Wenatchee.

♦ Lillian Grace Brown and Barbara Bradbury, both of the Wenatchee High School staff, wrote the script for the queen’s coronation. Lt. Gov. John Cherberg crowned the queen.

♦ Kirby Grant, television’s flying cowboy “Sky King,” attended the festival and sang at the queen’s ball.

♦ Princess Beth Hardy represented Pioneer Junior High School in the youth parade. Her attendants were Ann Congdon and Barbara Erickson.

♦ The City of Vancouver, B.C., captured the grand parade sweepstakes. Featured dignitaries were “Sky King” and Florence (Kratzer) Baker, the first festival queen.

1963

♦ The 44th Apple Blossom Festival was held May 2-4.

♦ Queen was Mary Radewan. Princesses were Paula Maguire and Janet Evans. The Royal Maids were Sherryl Arch, Kim Hildebrand, Ardis Haring, Christy Hardy, Mary Strating, Cathy Doell and Maribeth Doell.

♦ John Rutherford was director general.

♦ Royal youth representing the Blue Birds were Queen Jill Easley and Princesses Louise Crowe and Lynda Morehead.

♦ The “Sleeping Beauty” ballet was featured at the coronation ceremonies. Joan Shelton was director. Gov. Albert D. Rosellini crowned the queen.

♦ Queen Mary tossed out the first ball to get the Northwest League baseball season under way at Recreation Park. Players scrambled for the ball with the honor of receiving a kiss from the queen (and the winner was Chiefs’ pitcher Bob Flynn).

♦ Montgomery Ward and Co. took first place in the festival window display contest.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented “Guys & Dolls” for its festival production. Cast members included Ed Cadman, Dick Sanford, Larry Cleek, Glenn Woods Jr., Luella Vaughn, Richard Riley, Hugh Evans, Alfred Stojowski and Joan Bagdon.

♦ For the first time, a flower show was held during the festival. It was sponsored by the Wenatchee Garden Club.

♦ Steve Laughery, formerly of Wenatchee, provided the dance music for the festival. Laughery’s dance band, the “Many Sounds of Nine,” was rated among the top in the nation.

♦ Spokane television personality Jack Bainter and his pint-sized kangaroo, Wallaby, were a popular festival attraction for children. The two appeared on the weekday KXLY kid’s show “Wallaby and Jack.”

♦ The unique “Dancing Waters” show was presented at the Meeker Carnival grounds. The show combined water, power, lights, music, engineering and showmanship. It was developed through 20 years of experimentation and research at a cost of $250,000.

♦ Among the dignitaries in the grand parade were Major Gen. M.A. Preston, Army Department Director Controller, Army Warrant Officer Robert L. Eastland and the 462nd “Hell Cats” of Larson Air Force Base.

♦ Olympia took grand parade sweepstakes.