1958

♦ The 39th Apple Blossom Festival was held May 1-3.

♦ Ann Albertson was queen. Princesses were Kris Whiteman and Tonee Hansen. Chaperones were Mrs. J.C. Emmons and Mrs. D.J. Chamberlin.

♦ A.A. Morrison was director general.

♦ A cast of about 100 presented "Around the World in 80 Minutes," a variety show program that combined music, dancing and comedy, at Pioneer Junior High School gym. Among the participants were Gloria Bannister, Margaret Babbitt, Linda Oatey, Marilyn Mehl, Marjie Miller, Sherren Cearlock, Pam Cederwall and Jill Murray

♦ The junior royal party were officially crowned during a luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club. The royal Blue Birds were Mary Brabrook, queen, and Linda Wright and Barbara Rode, princesses. 

♦ Gov. Albert Rosellini crowned Queen Ann during ceremonies at the Apple Bowl, which opened with a half-hour band concert under the direction of A.G. Tiemann. Kenneth Warner, who had been involved with coronation ceremonies since 1924, composed the musical score for the program and served as organist. Paul Pugh was narrator, and Don Isenhart and Janet Caldwell were soloists. 

♦ Two queen's balls were held — one for adults at the Columbia Hotel and one teens at Pioneer Junior High School gym.

♦ Queen Ann extended a welcome to members of the Wenatchee Chiefs baseball team as it opened its Northwest League season at Recreation Park. The Tri-City Braves defeated the defending champion Chiefs, 13-9. The royal court and Mrs. Bert Haas, wife of the Chiefs' manager, were presented corsages.

♦ Among the participants in the children's parade was Washington School sixth grade teacher Gilbert Edwards, dressed as the pied piper, leading his group of students.

♦ Mrs. Ed Kottal was in charge of about 40 men and women of the Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges who cooked and served several hundred meals to visiting festival participants.

♦ Grand parade sweepstakes winner was Peshastin-Dryden. Other top winners were Junior Catholic Daughters, non-commercial division sweepstakes, and Cashmere, community division sweepstakes.

1959

♦ The 40th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 30-May 2.

♦ Members of the royal court were Beverly McKoin, queen, and Mary Stewart and Sally Walker, princesses. Chaperones were Mrs. Harold Copple and Mrs. Alfred Stojowski.

♦ Director general was Frank V. Taylor Jr.

♦ The first festival art show featured more than 200 entries. Mrs. Wilder Jones Jr. was chairwoman.

♦ Colorful decorations, blossoms and balloons transformed Pioneer Junior High School's gym into a regal ballroom and soft drink bar for the youth version of the queen's ball. Committee members in charge of arrangements were Dave Handy, Dick Honeysett, Dick Williams, Linda Dolge and Carolyn Cooper.

♦ Blue Bird queen was Sandra Tedrow, and princesses were Kathy Smeltzer and Janet Ziuchkovski.

♦ The opening event of the festival was Walt Disney's production of "Johnny Appleseed," with a 70-voice choir and seven-piece orchestra and many dancers. Participants included Clary Wright in the title role, Donna Stewart, Louise Warner, Claudia Caldwell, Sharon Kirby, Karen Eden, Vickie Farver, Judy Reilly, Kris Cederwall, Linda Hanger, Daisy Hansen, Maryann Beucler and Barbara Caswell. Joan Fadden was producer and Marilyn Hartley directed the production.

♦ The ninth-annual Appleatchee Riders festival horse show, the largest show of its kind in the state, featured 200 horses of all breeds in 45 classes.

♦ The coronation ceremonies for Queen Beverly featured 20 attendants — Jody Mills, Kristine Life, Jordana Warner, Janis Bollinger, Brad Kay, Christine Fraley, Linda Murray, Cynthia Tiemann, Nancy Bills, Karen Koch, Annette Van Dyke, Jacqueline Kinnamon, Cheryl Foster, Brent Morrison, Kathy Kindred, Rebecca Welty, Karen Schoentrup, Judy Kane, Linda Borden and Kathy Wheeler.

♦ The 38th-annual school parade featured many references to the new statehood attained by Alaska and Hawaii.

♦ Members of the Wenatchee High School Apple-Ettes drill team crafted a new banner of purple and gold to display while marching in the grand parade. Judy Parsons was the drill leader.

♦ "The Key to Our Future," a float entered by Cashmere, took grand parade sweepstakes honors.