Coreen Cockrum was queen of the 67th Apple Blossom Festival held April 24-May 4. The princesses were Renee Pollock, Vicki Telford, Molly McMonigle, Dana LaFollette, Mindy Cooksey, Mandy Sand, Lori Harper, Katie McKee and Delcie Proffitt.

Al Kissler was director general of the festival. Applarian chancellor was Ken Wood.

♦ Youth Theatre of Wenatchee presented “Sleeping Beauty” at Eastmont High School auditorium. Cast members included Jewel Cripe, Paul Jensen, Jennifer Williams, David Zuttermeister and Amanda Warren.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented “Damn Yankees” at Wenatchee High School. Cast members included Deloma Sherwood, David Williams, John Sexson and Pat Creger

♦ The 18th annual Elks 7-Up Apple Blossom Festival Handball Tournament drew a field of more than 90 players. Among local participants were Dean Ames, Bob Long, Tim Arens and Jim Haglund.

♦ Unlimited hydroplane racing legend Chip Hanauer was keynote speaker at the all-service club luncheon. Hanauer was also grand parade marshal. During the luncheon, Allied Arts Council of North Central Washington presented Dick and Siri Woods a special award for their support of the arts.

Washington Supreme Court Justice Robert F. Utter was the keynote speaker at the second annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast at the Wenatchee Center.

Ernie and Hattie Barsten were named senior royalty for the festival.

♦ Roger Pollock received the Lehman Johnson Award for his role as director of the youth parade.

♦ The first Classy Chassis festival parade was held in East Wenatchee.

Ashley Howell and Amber Hennigh of Wenatchee took home a first place trophy in the individual costume division at the Youth Parade. They were dressed up in boxes with the theme “My Favorite Things.”

♦ Dignitaries riding the grand parade route included a delegation from Wenatchee’s sister city in Misawa, Japan; and Len Wooton, as Apple Industry Outstanding Citizen. The grand sweepstakes float was from the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, B.C. 

♦ Candy Cline was queen of the 68th Apple Blossom Festival held April 23-May 3. Princesses were Becky Schooler, Luann Ewing, Kathy Handley, Kijrstin Freed, Maria Velazquez, Carmen Harris, Cari Brownlee, Julie Creger and Kristin Kerr.

♦ Director general was Tom Warren. Applarian chancellor was Dick Waterbury.

♦ KIRO-TV co-anchor Susan Hutchison was the featured speaker at the third-annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast. 

♦ Gov. Booth Gardner was the keynote speaker at the all-service club luncheon. The event included presentation of the 20th annual Allied Arts Council of North Central Washington awards to Harold and Cathy Schroeder, Jane Hensel, Esther Stefinaw, Mike Lee and Mary Ann Corning.

♦ Tim Noah, Emmy-winning songwriter and recording artist, performed at Youth Day held at Riverfront Park.

♦ Ashley Lodato starred in the title role in Youth Theatre of Wenatchee’s production of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” Other cast members included Jennifer Williams, Jason Everhart, David Zuttermeister, Christy Roop and Rick Cripe.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented “Gypsy” for its festival musical. Cast members include Lori Harper, Dixie Wilkinson, Dean Pope, Beth Goza, Jennifer Williams, Judy Carr, Mary Ellen Kerby, Jan Nash, Doug Fischer, Frank Hussey and Paul Atwood.

♦ Women of Rotary celebrated the festival by hosting syndicated columnist Bill Hall of Lewiston, Idaho, at its annual luncheon.

♦ Vivian and Myron Haney represented local senior citizens in the grand parade.

♦ The Lehman Johnson Award was presented to the Past Royalty Association for assistance and support of the royalty program and the Royalty Room at the NCW Museum.

♦ Les Enfants, a group of Wenatchee preschoolers who traveled in carts pulled by their mothers, captured the Director General’s Award in the youth parade. They were led by 5-year-old Nathan Dietrich with a cart of apples. 

♦ Doug and Everal Simon of East Wenatchee drove away with the Queen’s Trophy at the second-annual Classy Chassis parade in East Wenatchee.

♦ Leavenworth’s float captured the Queen’s Award in the grand parade. Paul Scea was the Apple Industry Outstanding Citizen.