1978

♦ The 59th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 27-May 6.

♦ Sandy Sharp was queen. Susie Claypoole and Cindy Stinson were princesses. The Royal Maids were Lori Allen, Raylene Bradley, Amy Davenport, Rebecca Dorsett, Traci Kiehn, Lorie Navone, Dixie Thompson and Sabrina Thompson.

♦ Bob Crandell was director general.

♦ The Apple Blossom Regatta brought radio-controlled boats to Lake Daroga. The race was sponsored by the Wenatchee Red Apple Flyers. Doug Simon organized the event.

♦ Wives of city department heads met with the royal court at a tea hosted by Grace Lynch, wife of Mayor Jim Lynch. The mayor presented the trio with keys to the city as a thank-you for representing Wenatchee.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented "Kismet" as its festival production. Among the cast members were Paul Pugh, Marianne McColley, F.A. Milovich and Carol Rumbaugh.

♦ Youth Theatre of Wenatchee presented "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" for the festival. Cast members included Kelly Hankins, Mike Lasher, Lori Burns, Eric Cusick, Teresa Montague, Julie Life and Kathleen Nolte.

♦ Glen Harris and Ron Russell coordinated the Kiwanis pancake breakfast for grand parade participants and spectators, held in the parking lot of the North Wenatchee branch of Seattle-First National Bank.

♦ Lee and Pearl Miller were chosen king and queen to represent local senior citizens during the festival.

♦ KW3 radio sponsored a festival disco dance at the East Wenatchee Speedway.

♦ The theme for the youth parade was "children's stories" with Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Cookie Monster among the participants, along with Hush Puppy from Huggins Shoes. Stacy Turner, 6, as "Little Miss Muffet," was selected as the individual costume division winner. Grand sweepstakes winner was "Johnny Appleseed," with a float created by Cathy Kuntz, Stacy Underwood, B.J. Kuntz and Patty Busch, all of Washington Elementary School.

♦ Honored guest in the grand parade was U.S. Congressman Mike McCormack. The grand sweepstakes award went to the Tri-Cities Water Follies float.

1979

♦ The 60th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 26-May 6.

♦ Queen was Wendi Wassink. Her princesses were Margaret Lankeit and Sally Godfrey. The Royal Maids were Jody DeChenne, Dianna Eng, Cayme Guderian, Barbara Hughes, Rhonda Klundt, Kim Newberry, Ann Smith and Teri Woods.

♦ Director general was Gary Hannon.

♦ Carl Walker and Monnie Young represented the Senior Citizens Hospitality Center as king and queen in the festival's grand parade.

♦ Youth Theatre of Wenatchee presented "The Wizard of Oz" during the festival. Cast members included Teresa Montague, Karen Crook, Sue Warner, Jeff McKinney, Kelly Hankins, Kathleen Nolte and Mark Abplanalp.

♦ "Pippin" was Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production. In leading roles were Nita Paine, Brian Vyrostek, Dave Kurtz, Deloma Sherwood, Mary Ellen Kerby, Tim Harlan and Pat Creger.

♦ "Blossomtime Vespers — A Service of Joy" capped off the first weekend of the festival with a community hymn sing at Pioneer Junior High School gym. Director was Luella Bixby.

♦ "Esther," an original contemporary Christian opera, was presented during the festival. It was written, produced and performed by members of the Bethesda Christian Center.

♦ Ensign George Gay, the sole survivor of the first torpedo plane squadron to attack the Japanese navy in World War II's Battle of Midway, was the honored guest at the East Wenatchee Rotary's Apple Blossom Festival Air Show.

♦ The 11th annual YMCA Apple Blossom Handball Tournament included local favorites Dean Ames-Gary Foland and Chuck Underwood-Bob Cannon in the B doubles division.

♦ Hush Puppy, Smokey Bear, Grizzly Bear and Sparky, the Wenatchee Fire Department's dalmatian, led the youth parade.

♦ The first Apple Blossom Festival Run preceded the grand parade with runners of all ages following the route. Fred Hicks, a student teacher at Orchard Junior High School, was the winner.

♦ The Olympia Capitol Lakefair float captured the grand sweepstakes trophy. Making a special "celebrity" appearance was Rock 'n' Rollin, the Cle Elum "Rainbow Man."