New Zealand native Susan Evelyn Bishop Wagner is credited with starting the “blossom festival” in 1919.

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Susan Wagner, who originated the idea of the Apple Blossom Festival in 1919.

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Great-grandchildren of Apple Blossom creator Susan Wagner visit her grave at the Wenatchee cemetery on May 1, 2019. Putting roses on her marker are from left, Dianne and David Wright and Mark Farnham. The three are this year’s festival Grand Marshals.

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