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Don Seabrook | I'd love a parade

I can’t say it’s ever been a goal of mine to ride a float down a street. I suppose if I thought it was even possible, it might be on my barrel list – interesting but less important than my bucket list.

Wednesday afternoon I met up with Apple Blossom Festival’s Darci Christoferson, Deanna Bollinger, Lori Reed and Jac Cates in the parking lot of Gateway Cinema to photograph them as they rode this year’s float to a retirement party for Jeff Neher, a longtime supporter of the festival.

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The Apple Blossom Festival float gets a jump start as driver Jac Cates hooks up cables to Deanna Bollinger's car outside of Gateway Cinema Wednesday.

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Lori Reed, left, and Darci Christoferson try on their princess crowns before riding the Apple Blossom Festival float Wednesday. The crowns are normally used as backups in case real ones are damaged.


Wenatchee World photo editor Don Seabrook riding in front of the Apple Blossom Festival float alongside an empty lot to get to Jeff Neher's retirement party.

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The Apple Blossom Festival float for 2020 makes its first and final outing Wednesday, of a few blocks from the Gateway Cinema Parking lot to the office of Cordell Neher and Company. On the float driving by the office are from left, driver Jac Cates, Deanna Bollinger, Lori Reed and Darci Christoferson.

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Apple Blossom Festival volunteer Jeff Neher laughs while talking with float riders during a Sept. 30 retirement event in his honor.

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A pair of workers wave as the Apple Blossom Festival float drives by on Easy Street Wednesday, on the way back to its trailer.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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