♦ The 45th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 30-May 2.
♦ Lynn Nicholson was queen. Princesses were Nancy Conyers and Sheila Hildebrand. The Royal Maids were Connie Congdon, Jean Stewart, Kathy Kindred, Sharon Richmond, Karen Schoentrup, Carole Green and Marva Jordan.
♦ Director general was Royal Weinstein.
♦ Connie Murren reigned as queen of the Blue Birds. Her princesses were Meg Mosher and Donna Robbins.
♦ More than 200 Wenatchee High School seniors canvassed residential areas in a campaign to sell festival buttons.
♦ The royal trio made a promotional trip to Olympia, where they met Gov. Albert D. Rosellini and actor Marlon Brando.
♦ The Wenatchee Valley Antique Auto Club hosted an antique car show. Karen Ferguson was princess representing the club.
♦ Merrill Rose was chairman of the 14th annual Appleatchee Riders festival horse show.
♦ The Wenatchee Garden Club once again sponsored a flower show during the festival. Among members planning the event were Mrs. C.R. Wilson, Mrs. William Garrison, Mrs. Robert Gans, Mrs. J.A. Smith and Mrs. W.J. Long.
♦ “The King and I” was the featured musical presented by Music Theatre of Wenatchee. Cast members included Vivian Norwood, Gayle Pinkston, Mary Durham and Keith Sexson. Clarence DeSpain was director.
♦ MacDougall’s took top honors in the festival window display contest. Webb’s Shoppe placed second, and the Fashion Shop, third.
♦ Queen Lynn was crowned by Gov. Rosellini. The setting, a departure from past coronations, had the royal court seated in an Grecian-style amphitheater.
♦ Mr. and Mrs. Derek Brine were co-chairs of the festival ball held at the Cascadian Hotel. Others involved with planning were Mr. and Mrs. E. “Si” Simenson, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Dorsey and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wheeler.
♦ Limited hydroplane races were held on Lake Entiat.
Ϭ8; Carrying the school banner for Washington School in the youth parade were Bill Crandall, Branetta Powell, Roxanne Moore and Marvin Gellatly.
♦ “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” depicted by Alcoa, won the grand parade sweepstakes. Frank Hemingway was grand marshal.
♦ The 46th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 29-May 2.
♦ Barbara Erickson was queen, and the princesses were Kathleen Stockstill and Amy Radewan. The Royal Maids were Ann Arneil, Bonnie Brownlow, Ann Congdon, Kathy Cook, Jeanne McFarland, Mary Ann Waverek and Becky Welty.
♦ Eastmont High School girls were allowed to participate in the royalty selection for the first time, receiving three spots among the 10 finalists.
♦ Director general was Richard E. Bell.
♦ Kathy Cleary, 8, was princess of Wenatchee Valley Antique Auto Club’s Antique Autorama.
♦ Blue Bird queen was Susan Martinson. Her princesses were Deborah Lewis and Cynthia Allen.
♦ For the first time, the festival scheduled a “dance concert” featuring a joint performance of the Tacoma and Wenatchee Civic Ballet Companies. The performance included “Vienna Life,” set to the music of Strauss.
♦ “Kiss Me Kate” was Music Theatre of Wenatchee’s festival production. Cast members included Luella Vaughn, Gayle Pinkston, Clarence DeSpain, Alice Kennedy, John Goss, Ivan Eustace, Dave Shaul and Dick Riley.
♦ Hundreds of pink and white balloons and apple blossoms turned Orchard Junior High School into a fairyland for the queen’s ball. Heading the list of dignitaries was Gov. Dan Evans. The theme for the musical entertainment was “The Sound of Music” and singers included Pat Hillman, Joshua Cadman, Matthew Cadman, Mark Scott, Paul Scott, Leslie Reich and Marti Reich.
♦ Miller’s Department Store won the downtown window decorating contest among merchants. Maggie Jensen was in charge of the display.
♦ The royal trio flew over Wenatchee in a Super Skymaster and also inspected a fleet of Cessna airplanes as part of an aircraft show at Pangborn Field held during the festival.
♦ The Cavaliers, said to be one of the most popular bands in the state, performed for the festival teen dance, sponsored by the Wenatchee Jaycees.
♦ Orchard Junior High School’s float in the youth parade, with the theme “Spinning Future Dreams,” featured Queen Diane Savenko.
♦ Honorary grand parade marshals were former Wenatchee residents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hennessy, now of Seattle. Hennessy was director general of the 1933 festival. Alcoa’s float capture grand sweepstakes.