♦ The 41st Apple Blossom Festival was held April 28-30.
♦ Peggy Kinney was queen. Princesses were Kris Cederwall and Dae Hansen. The Royal Maids were Norma Haring, Karen Coon, Pat Sampson, Julie Steele, Mary Albertson, Karen Eden and Claudia Caldwell.
♦ Kiwanis Club President Howard Strating had the honor of crowning Blue Bird Queen Kathy Woirol during a joint luncheon of the Kiwanis and the Soroptimist clubs. Princesses were Diane Savenko and Sharon Wolfe.
♦ R.W. Day was director general.
♦ The royal court traveled to Walla Walla for "Chuck Connors Day." The trio rode in the parade and later presented the famed TV actor from "The Rifleman" with a box of Wenatchee apples. The girls also traveled to Seattle and visited with the University of Washington football team. Among the players presented apples by the royal court was Husky halfback Gary Dasso of Wenatchee.
♦ The Apple Blossom Varieties kicked off the festival with a two-hour, fast-paced vaudeville show featuring top names from the entertainment world. Performers included actress Irene Ryan and Paula Bane, singing star of stage, television and radio.
♦ MacDougall's took first place in the festival's downtown window-decorating contest.
♦ "You and the Atom," the festival's exhibition, was held in the old Safeway building at 215 N. Wenatchee Ave. The event was organized by the Atomic Energy Commission.
♦ Gov. Albert D. Rosellini crowned Queen Peggy in ceremonies at Pioneer Junior High School gym. Keith Sexson was coordinator.
♦ Two queen's balls were held — one for the "prom set" at H.B. Ellison Junior High School gym, and a semi-formal gala for adults at the Columbia Hotel with music by Leroy Anderson and his orchestra.
♦ Pioneer Junior High School featured three marching units of music and drills in the youth parade. Riding the school's float was Queen Janet Evans with attendants Nita Asteford and Sheila Bergstrom.
♦ U.S. Navy Capt. Sam Lief was grand marshal.
♦ The grand parade sweepstakes award went to Cashmere.
♦ The 42st Apple Blossom Festival was held May 4-6.
♦ Kathy Whiteman was queen. Princesses were Sharon Coon and Carmen Snitily. The Royal Maids were Judi Ayres, Joanne Janni, Myrna Mahugh, Linda Overman, Joan Solga, Norene Taplett and Pat Zier.
♦ Festival Blue Bird royalty were Queen Donna Fager and princesses Katy Daggett and Pam Miller.
♦ Director general was Donald M. Kirby.
♦ "Rosalinda" was the first festival musical, presented by the Ladies' Musical Club and the festival association. Cast members included Jeanne Westerberg, Mary Durham, Dr. Alfred Stojowski, Clarence DeSpain and Luella Vaughn. Keith Sexson was the director. The Wenatchee Community Orchestra, under the direction of George Bower, provided music, and Earl Norwood was choral director.
♦ A rod and custom car show was held a the National Guard Armory.
♦ People attending the queen's coronation heard the song "Nature's Gold," written by local resident Don Messinger. Patricia Slechter, a local music teacher , did the musical arrangement. Eastmont High School teacher Ed Sand sang it for Queen Kathy and her royal court. Terri and Sheri Taylor, 5-year-old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Taylor, were the royal flower girls. Jay and Jeff Sparks, 5-year-old twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Sparks, were the crown and scepter bearers.
♦ F.A. Snitily was chairman of the three-day Appleatchee horse show held in conjunction with the festival. Others officials were Eldon Fairbanks, Leonard Schons, E.J. Uecker, Mrs. Wally Bowen, L.P. Batjer, John Maloney, S.A. Petersen, Mrs. Walter Long and Loren Parker.
♦ McBride's Department Store took first place for the annual window-decorating contest, sponsored by the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce. Second prize winner was the Fashion Shop.
♦ Candy Crawford was queen of H.B. Ellison's Junior High royalty float. Her attendants were Beverly Cronkhite and Joanne Linden.
♦ Snohomish took the grand parade sweepstakes award. Among the featured dignitaries was newly appointed Mayor Pat Martin.