♦ The 11th annual Apple Blossom Festival was held May 8-10.
♦ Queen was Shirley Foster. Her attendants were Margaret Bird and Helen Carroll.
♦ G. Martin Warren was general chairman for the second year.
♦ Prior to the event, the royal court made a promotional tour throughout North Central Washington. They were accompanied by chaperone Mrs. F.W. Nancekivell, guardsmen, musicians, dancers, "silver-tongued" orators, jesters and others.
♦ Queen Shirley was crowned by Lt. Gov. John A. Gellatly. Presentation of the scepter was made by Mayor E.J. Widby. A queen's ball was later held.
♦ Princesses representing area communities were Grace Laizure, Omak; Mabel Roundy, Entiat; Frances McManus, Cashmere; Lillian Rader, Pateros; Irene Lander, Malott; Margaret Gibbons, Peshastin; Jessie Balcom, Chelan; Marie Lenhart, Dryden; Gertrude Higgenbotham, Oroville; Jean Field, Leavenworth; Ida Sneve, Molson; Roberta Miller, Waterville; Dorothy McLean; Bridgeport; Arline Keys, Manson; Beulah Lehman, Twisp; Evelyn Baughman, Sunnyslope; Doris Allender, Okanogan; Luverne McDonald; Ephrata; and Marie McAnally, Monitor.
♦ Princess Okanogan Doris Allender was crowned Queen Columbia.
♦ The school and industrial parade was held prior to the grand parade. Wenatchee banks joined to furnish the float for the Apple Blossom royalty. Also riding on that float were young Dorothy Garner, Janet Ruth Harrison and Tuda Gebhart. Betty Padoshek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Padoshek, was the little maiden who rode on a float entered by Morris Hardware. Ortis Loving was the driver. One of the parade highlights was a float with tulips against a green background entered by the Wenatchee Garden Club. Ovidia Lindston and young Ann Godfrey were on board. Tom Lebo was the driver.
♦ The Levitt-Brown-Huggins Carnival and Shows took place along the Great Northern Railway.
♦ Other activities included a trap shoot and a district interscholastic track meet at Recreation Park.
♦ A "Fire God" pyrotechnic spectacular, the Fanchon-Marco Revue, and the Apple Blossom Pageant, staged and directed by Harold Kirby, were held all three evenings of the festival at Memorial Park.
♦ The 12th annual Apple Blossom Festival was held April 24-25.
♦ Carol McGough was queen. Princesses were Jean Vermilya and Ovidia Lindston. Guy Funk was named King Apple.
♦ Ray Pfau was general chairman of the festival.
♦ The queen and princesses traveled to Spokane on a Mamer air transport plane for a two-day promotional visit in the inland capital.
♦ Fashion was at the forefront at the queen's ball as Queen Carol wore a custom-made gown of green imported satin fashioned with large puff sleeves and a long train, and detachable sleeves worn from the elbow to the wrist. Princesses Jean and Ovidia wore delicate pink gowns of imported mousseline soie, caught at the shoulder and waistline with corsages of apple blossoms made of the same material.
♦ Gov. Roland Hartley crowned the queen in ceremonies at Memorial Park. Other dignitaries present were Lt. Gov. John A. Gellatly, Mayor E.J. Widby and C.T. Haskell, president of the Chamber of Commerce.
♦ Mrs. Frank Hennessy was official chaperone to all the princesses attending from throughout the area.
♦ Milton Sutton, Ralph Hedges, Wayne Finch, Roy Weekworth and Leland Shadbolt were the standard bearers leading the 3,500 children marching in the school and industrial parade.
♦ A float from the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club won the sweepstakes in the grand parade.
♦ The Levitt-Brown-Huggins Carnival and Shows was back for another year of family entertainment. A special feature was a "mouse circus," with 100 little Japanese and Persian mice performing on their own ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds and other devices.
♦ Wenatchee High School girls were featured in the "Blossom Revue," a costumed dancing number featured in the final installment of the two-part pageant, "Builders of the Valley." The dancers were Mary Sterling, June Drinkard, Georgina Ekstrom, Virginia Montgomery, Marcu Flanigan, Danella Hingley, Mary Laschinger, Helen Van Leuven, Katherine Johnson, Florence Parr, Marjorie Milus and Jean Caldwell.