1974

♦ The 55th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival was held April 26-May 5.

♦ Julie Agens was queen. Princesses were Adele Fischer and Cathy Williams. The Royal Maids were Rosemary Claassen, Karen Harrison, Cheryl Terry, Carol Wells, Michal France, Teresa Reinecker, Cindy Allen and Terri Reiman.

♦ Royalty chaperones were Mrs. Bud Preston and Mrs. Clarence Stumpf.

♦ Gary Montague was director general.

♦ George Sellar introduced the royal court to the assembled Senate in Olympia.

♦ "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" was the festival production of Music Theatre of Wenatchee. Cast members included Pete Bixby, Don Lloyd, Bill Reich, Keith Sexson, Dixie Wilkinson, Deloma Ensley, Jan Sakamoto, Ayako Chapman, Ed Hewitt, Don Smith, Kathleen Miller and Carol Rumbaugh.

♦ Youth Theatre of Wenatchee presented the musical "Trudi and the Minstrel." Cast members included Keven Lord, Bill Bolanos, Mike Young, Bob Sizemore, Jeff Anderson, Connie Corrick, Karl Dietrich, Cheryl Wickland and Tom Tyrrell.

♦ Twenty contestants and about 100 spectators attended Apple Blossom's first-ever Golden Apple Lighter Than Air Fair and Kite Flying Festival. Scott Soule, 16, of Wenatchee, won the grand prize of a trophy, a portable radio, an 8-track tape, two hamburgers and 15 free rides at the carnival.

♦ A fine arts show was held at Ohme Gardens. Among the artists participating were April Jorgensen, Gene Starcher, David Morgan, Phillip Yenney, Kathi Butorac, John Pearson, Lowell Rainey, Virginia Sever, Dan McConnell and Joe Bissonette.

♦ Clara Barsten was crowned senior citizens queen of the Senior Hospitality Center and was honored during the festival.

♦ Wilbur Brown, principal of Columbia School, was chairman of the youth parade. This marked the second year the parade was held on Saturday afternoon of the first festival weekend instead of Friday morning on the second weekend.

♦ Ralph Meeker was the grand parade marshal.

♦ Carol Gehrlein of East Wenatchee piloted the official festival float and was said to be the first-ever female float driver that Apple Blossom officials could recall.

1975

♦ The 56th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 24-May 4.

♦ Members of the royal court were Queen Theresa Adams and princesses Debbie Sorrentino and Kathy MacDonald. The Royal Maids were Debbie Cooper, Jane Ulrich, Debbie Bryant, Virginia Curtoni, Lori Grubich, Mindy Hale, Jeannine Bury and Carolyn Steuermann.

♦ Dr. John Manhart was director general.

♦ North Central Washington Museum marked its 36th anniversary during the festival. The newly organized and incorporated museum first opened in the old Carnegie Library Building in Memorial Park at 2 S. Chelan Ave. during the 1939 festival. At the time, it was the only public museum in this part of the Northwest.

♦ Queen Theresa was among the soloists at the third annual Apple Blossom Choral Festival which drew 525 students from nine schools throughout the state.

♦ A group called Shadow pulled youth onto the dance floor at the D&D Roller Bowl for the festival's teen dance. The event was staged by promoter Linda Carlson, a 1961 graduate of Wenatchee High School.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented "Camelot" for it's festival musical production. Among the cast were Dennis Tiffany, Matt Gonder, Elm Jensen, Bob Butcher, Floyd Hall and Marti Uecker.

♦ Appleatchee Riders held its silver anniversary horse show during the festival. Dr. Harry Keppler was chairman.

♦ Dr. Leo Bustad, dean of veterinarian medicine at Washington State University, was the guest speaker at the all service club luncheon.

♦ Popular TV canine "Scooby Doo" was grand marshal of the youth parade. Washington State's official Bicentennial prairie schooner made its first official appearance in the parade, pulled by four Belgian draft horses. The bicentennial theme was carried out in many costumes and floats.

♦ Instead of a parade marshal, this year's grand parade featured Wenatchee's Harold Bidwell and Mrs. Parker "Sis" Widemann. Bidwell was a former festival director general, and Widemann was a director and secretary of Hawaii's Aloha Week.

♦ Port Orchard's float, "America's Reflections Past," took grand parade sweepstakes.