♦ The 73rd Apple Blossom Festival was held April 23-May 3.
♦ The festival theme, "Havin' a Party," was in honor of Wenatchee's Centennial celebration.
♦ Marcia Turner was queen. Princesses were Kirsten Ehlis, Kristin Picard, April Reid, Nicole Farrell and Kaley O'Kelley.
♦ Director general was Marilyn Reeves. Roger Bryant was Applarian chancellor.
♦ Don Kirk received the Lehman Johnson Award for his instrumental role in pageant production and set design for over 20 years.
♦ Queen Marcia and her court talked apples, tourism and government during an Olympia visit with Sen. George Sellar and other state legislators.
♦ The festival's first art print poster, "Blossom Brilliance," was done by East Wenatchee artist Lila Putnam.
♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production was "Carousel.'' The cast included Kathy Welsh, Paul Kuzina, Vonna Harris, Pam Nefzger, Dean Pope and Pat Creger.
♦ A delegation from Wenatchee's Russian sister city of Tynda visited Wenatchee.
♦ The first Blossom Cup Jet Ski Race was held at Walla Walla Point Park.
♦ A desire for snow meant an earlier race this year for contestants of the annual Ridge to River Relay Race, a sanctioned festival event. Usually held in the late April, the official race day was moved up to April 12.
♦ A new event, the River Walk Exhibit, included a varied mix of handcrafted and commercial items.
♦ Elgie and Doris Soden of East Wenatchee were crowned king and queen of the senior center and rode in the grand parade.
♦ Bill Dewitt, manager of the Wenatchee Traffic Association since January 1974, was Apple Industry Citizen of the Year.
♦ The three-part motorized float from Stemilt Growers won the Director's General Award in the youth parade. The first part was a covered wagon with pioneers, reminiscent of Wenatchee 100 years ago. The second part was a large birthday cake. The third part was Wenatchee of 1992 with posters of modern culture. Children of Stemilt employees rode on all three parts.
♦ Seattle Seafair took the grand parade sweepstakes award.
♦ The 74th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 22-May 2.
♦ Kristie Adamson was queen. Princesses were Shawnee Effinger, Jennifer Netz, Candida Sherrill, Anna Shaw and Maria Davis.
♦ Bob Snyder was director general. Bud Truswell was chancellor of the Applarians.
♦ The Lehman Johnson Award was presented to the Wenatchee Applarians for their outstanding support of the festival.
♦ Kelly Allen, veteran Music Theatre of Wenatchee actress, directed “Guy and Dolls,” the festival's musical production. Cast members included Carl Smith, Kathy Welsh, Mike Armstrong, Dave Acker, Keith Sexson, Laura Waldren, Kelly Atwood and Susan Gubsch.
♦ The second limited-edition festival art print was created by Lesa Delisi.
♦ The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Games, a multi-sport event, debuted this year. Tournaments in 3-on-3 basketball, 4-on-4 volleyball and slow-pitch softball took place at Walla Walla Point Park.
♦ Stan Hoyt, retired superintendent of the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research Extension Center, was named Apple Industry Citizen of the Year.
♦ Senior center King and Queen Tom and Bonnie Goman participated in festival activities.
♦ Children's World Preschool of East Wenatchee won the youth parade's Director General's Award with a sparkling pink and silver float featuring a big golden apple and the theme, ''Youthful Fantasies Come Alive.''
♦ The first 1,000 ticket-holders admitted to the pre-grand parade program — officially known as Alcoa Applesolutely Prime Seating — received kazoos. The idea was to have some fun. Several high school students, dressed as clowns, conducted the ''1,000-member Alcoa Applesolutely Prime Seating Kazoo Band,'' as they were dubbed.
♦ Seattle Seafair captured the grand parade Sweepstakes Award. The Queen's Trophy went to Lake Chelan and the Director's General's Trophy went to the Manson Apple Blossom Festival.
♦ Ruth Ray of Lincoln, Massachusetts, was picked from eight regional finalists to become the first "Granny Smith." Her selection was the culmination of a nationwide search by the Washington Apple Commission for a grandmother to represent Washington's Granny Smith apple industry.