1943-1944-1945

♦ In the midst of World War II, the Apple Blossom Festival was not held from 1943-45. All festival events during that time "were put away for the days of peace."

♦ The tradition of the blossom queen was carried on by the high school students. Prom queens served as unofficial representatives of Apple Blossom time during those years.

♦ In 1943, at a meeting of city and high school officials and student body representatives, it was decided to call the annual junior prom the festival ball. It was held May 7. Shirley Garland was queen. Twin sisters Janet Martin and Vivian Martin were the princesses. Volunteers from past festivals attended the ball. Prior to the event, the queen and princesses made appearances throughout the valley, under the auspices of the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce. Among those involved with plans were I.C. Kuchenreuther, E.E. Reed, Mrs. S.A. DiGiorgio, Harry Jensen and Hunter Martin.

 In 1944, Clara Lee Davis was chosen by high school students as Apple Blossom prom queen. She appeared at the Manson Blossom Festival, before service clubs and lodges, and on a Movietone news report. Davis and her attendants, Virginia Vandewater and Barbara Yerxa, kept up a busy schedule up through May 5, when the queen was crowned at the prom.

♦ In 1945, Eva Anderson spoke of the heritage of the Apple Blossom Festival before a group of Rotarians meeting in late April. Special guests were Prom Queen Patricia Laschinger and Princesses Wilma O'Rear and Shirley Whitbeck. They were presented to the club by I.C. Kuchenreuther, who was in charge of the royal party. Queen Patricia and Princess Wilma spoke briefly and Princess Shirley performed two songs. Each member was presented a gift from the club. The junior prom, with the theme "Moonglow," was held on April 27. Highlights of the event were the coronation of the queen and the grand march. Other attendants were Ruthella Welch, sophomore representative, and Mae McLean, junior representative.