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Apple Blossom Queen Tess Sparks crowns Junior Royalty Queen Briana Mott, 11, on March 5 at Sterling Middle School.

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Apple Blossom Festival Queen Tess Sparks, right, takes a break from working out with her Eastmont High School friends on the district's junior high school track on April 1. The high school soccer star says she will attend Central Washington University in the fall and plans to join their soccer program as a walk-on. With all festival events postponed due to the current stay-home order, she is spending her time doing school work, training for the fall and working at her parent's house.

EAST WENATCHEE — As one of Eastmont High School’s valedictorians and a girl who loves her politics, Queen Tess Sparks has thought about the potential significance this year’s Apple Blossom Festival could have.

For obvious reasons. Organizers announced last week that the festival, originally scheduled for April 23 through May 3, has been postponed, with no new dates set.

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Sparks replaces fence posts at her parent's home overlooking Rock Island on March 27. She said her last Apple Blossom event was having the royalty portraits taken on March 12.

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Apple Blossom Festival Queen Tess Sparks, left, keeps in shape while running with friends at the Eastmont Junior High School track last week.

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Sparks drills brackets into fence posts at her parent's home. She is planning on helping paint their house later in the spring.

Zach Johnson: 661-5202


Sports Reporter

Zach Johnson is a 29-year-old sportswriter from Lakewood, Colorado. When he's not out covering local sporting events you can find him carding birdies at the local golf courses, biking the Apple Capital Loop Trail, or skiing Mission Ridge.

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