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♦ Examination of of blossoms at Crescent Bar convinced “three wise men” that the weekend of April 29-30 would be the right time for the 19th Apple Blossom Festival. W.A. Luce, L.G. Bovee and Leo Antles released the dates on April 8.

♦ Lois Jo Strong was queen and Doris Ames and Susan Hilt were the princesses. The royal court began a statewide promotional tour April 4, accompanied by Irwin Jones and Mrs. William Just, assistant chaperone. While in Pullman, the party were guests of Mrs. Just’s sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.

♦ Frank W. Taylor was director general. Other volunteers involved with planning the festival included Walt Young, Dale Strong, Harry Jensen, Charles Bennett, H.S. Wetherald, Don Kenaston, A.S. Knechtel, O.E. Driver, Perk Low, Charles Flanigan, Ray Pfau, Ralph Meenach, John Shaw and C.W. Kruegel.

♦ Gov. Clarence D. Martin and Secretary of State Belle Reeves were special guests at the queen’s ball.

♦ Queen Lois Jo and her princesses led the grand parade aboard their float that also included Mary Lou Baker, Joanne Brown, Sandra Gellatly and Cameon Hughes. Leavenworth’s “Cascade Fairyland” won community honors.

♦ The second annual Grange picnic for all families was held at the Recreation Park. Strangers got acquainted and swapped jams, jellies, pies, cakes, fried chicken, salads and sandwiches.

♦ Coronation ceremonies for Queen Lois Jo were held in Memorial Park, with Mrs. Elmer Kerns in charge. The event began with a band concert. While the governor crowned the queen, the secretary of state presented her with the scepter. Entertainment followed with the Dorothy Jayne dancers; songs by Bobby Dark, accompanied by Jean Dolman; the Wenatchee Junior High School Choir, directed by Mary T. Clark; the school orchestra under the direction of Verne Jennings; and the Tune Twisters from the Wenatchee High School Glee Club, directed by Janet Adams.

♦ The Shell Oil Company sponsored a fireworks display from Memorial Park.

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♦ Lois Ross was queen of the 20th Apple Blossom Festival. Her princesses were Dorothy Jean Smith and Kathyrn Woods. The festival was held April 28-29. The royal court traveled to Spokane to promote the festival with other stops along the way. They were accompanied by Mrs. Jesse Widby, chaperone, and Frank Taylor. The Spokesman-Review took photographs of the party for its own use and for the Associated Press.

♦ Irwin Jones was director general.

♦ The Boy Scouts took over the sale of Apple Blossom booster buttons, according to Lyle Leighton, district executive. The Scouts received 20 percent of the sale price to go toward summer camp trips.

♦ W.B. Smith was in charge of the school parade with a route starting at Wenatchee Avenue and Second Street and ending at Stevens School.

♦ Construction of the stage at Memorial Park for the queen’s coronation was under the direction of Jack Goodfellow and James Dunstan.

♦ G.L. McDonald was chairman of the queen’s ball, featuring Gov. Clarence D. Martin and Secretary of State Belle Reeves. Jack Duke’s orchestra provided the music. Gracia and Lamar, a famous South American dance team, performed. Following the event, visiting royalty were invited to take a dip in the YMCA swimming pool.

♦ White Cross Pharmacy advertised Kodak photo finishing services for the festival. Film was developed for free with 4 cents prints.

♦ The grand parade’s theme was “Golden Jubilee” featuring floats depicting progress of the past 50 years. Those in charge of the parade included Ralph Dunning, Wilbur Elder, Willard Abel, Floyd Dahn, Dale Strong and Bob Clapp. The queen’s float was designed by Fern Duncan and constructed under the direction of Ollie Klossner. In keeping with the theme, an entry from the Golden Wedding Club entry featured 10 couples aboard a truck.

♦ Festival volunteers included Howard Wetherald, Jack Sullivan, Ralph Meenach, Lloyd Moss, O.C. Woods, Mrs. T.J. Stockstill, Noble Moodhe and Edwin S. Booth.