1982

♦ The 63rd Apple Blossom Festival was held April 22-May 2.

♦ Queen was Lisa Spargo. Her princesses were Darcy Riddle, Laura Robertson, Joannie Harrington, Ruth Chapton, Carrie Key, Sally Sharp, Shirley Fabian, Mia Honts and Rose Eley.

♦ Jim Blair was director general. Larry Frack was Applarian chancellor.

♦ The festival royalty took a whitewater scenic rafting trip down the Wenatchee River, courtesy of Bruce Carlson and Charlie Schill of Wenatchee Whitewater and Scenic River Trips. The royalty's ride began near Cashmere and ended at Monitor, where they had lunch. Rafting excursions were a sanctioned event throughout the festival.

♦ "Dance with You," from Music Mountain Productions, had a five-show run during the festival. Tim Handyside was the show's director and Niki Baird was choreographer.

♦ Youth Theatre of Wenatchee presented "Tom Sawyer" as its festival production. Cast members included Frank Hussey, Kevin McKee, Sara Pritchard, Alicia Moffat and Terry Nelson.

♦ "South Pacific" was the Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was first brought to the Wenatchee stage during the 1968 festival. Dr. Alfred Stojowski, as Emile, returned to the stage in the same leading role from 1968. His leading lady was Nita Paine as Nellie. The cast also included John Westerman, Sonya Westerman and Dixie Wilkinson.

♦ "The Medfly Inc." won the director general's award at the youth parade. Christy Bailey, Jill Pollock and Bronwen Lodato dressed up as a peach, a pear and an apple. They were followed by Tiffany Bangs, who sprouted wings to become a pesky medfly. Holly Lane followed behind as a can of bug spray.

♦ Former Chelan County Extension Agent Dick Bartram was presented the Apple Industry Citizen of the Year award. 

♦ Donald "Deke" Slayton, one of the original Mercury astronauts, was grand parade marshal. Slayton also appeared at the all-service club luncheon and the festival air races. Grand sweepstakes float honors went to Seattle Seafair.

1983

♦ The 64th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 28-May 8.

♦ Trina Rank was queen. Princesses were Karyn Birmingham, Laura Davis, Becky Shae, Erin McMonigle, Kathy Birmingham, Susy Babcock, Jill Boon, Cassie Reeves and Shelly Sylvester.

♦ Director general was Jim TelfordMike Ogan was the Applarian chancellor.

♦ Parents of the festival royalty were special guests at a pizza party prior to the festival. This was the first time a parents night had been held.

♦ "The Wizard of Oz" was Wenatchee Youth Theatre's festival production. In leading roles were Frank Hussey, Andy Ogdon, Ashley Lodato, Kevin McKee, Jewel Cripe and Michael Webb.

♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented "Brigadoon" as its festival production. In the cast were Doug Kropff, Peggy Kurtz, Carol Henderson, John Sexson and Keith Sexson.

♦ Jody Galloway of Wenatchee and his two children, Jeff and Kristy, took home the director general's award in the youth parade for his home-built biplane named "Snoopy's Crop Duster." Kristy, dressed as Snoopy, "piloted" the plane and Jeff was a yellow-costumed Woodstock.

♦ The first festival forklift rodeo was held with 27 teams participating. First-place winners were members of the Oroville-Cordell team — Mike Buckmiller, Mike Rairdan, Dan Oliver, Kirk Hirst and Jim Chamberlin.

♦ Rev. Harry Schlitt, also known as Father Harry of the God Squad, a disc jockey priest, was the featured speaker at the all-service club luncheon. 

♦ Harold Copple was presented the Apple Industry Citizen of the Year award. 

♦ The Wenatchee Central Lions Club received the Lehman Johnson Award for longstanding service to the festival.

♦ Wenatchee's own Julie Miller, a nationally acclaimed singer and dancer, was the grand parade marshal. 

♦ Queen Trina's long, red velvet cape was taken out of "retirement" for the grand parade. The cape was brought out for the first time in many years because this year's float designer thought "it would add to the regalness of the whole float." Seattle Seafair won grand sweepstakes honors.

♦ The grand parade was dedicated to the late Bill Redlinger, who was the official parade starter and greeted entrants for more than 25 years. Festival officials also established a memorial foundation in his name. Redlinger died in December 1982.