This weekend launches one of the oldest festivals in our state — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, in Wenatchee.
The festival started in 1919 as a one-event that involved speeches, baseball, some singing and a Maypole. It was successful at drawing business and community leaders from around the state, so it was turned into an annual event. In 1921 a parade was added to the events, and the festival took off from there. It has grown in leaps and bounds, and has expanded to more accurately reflect the important of the apple industry not only to the Wenatchee area, but to the entire state of Washington. Apples are big business here in Washington!
The now 11-day festival, held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, includes: a royal court, carnival at Riverfront Park (at the foot of Fifth Street on the Columbia River), golf tournament, food fair, entertaiment on the stage at Memorial Park, multiple parades (this year’s Grand Parade will be on Saturday, May 5th at 11 am), and an Arts & Crafts Fair. You can get a full listing of all the events and details here.
Wenatchee is approximately 138 miles from Seattle, driving over Stevens Pass, and is an easy three hour drive. While I haven’t been to Apple Blossom for a number of years, it was always a fun event, lots of people, good entertainment, and a lot warmer than it was it Seattle.
Give it a try!