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The 100-Year Party

In 1922, someone in Wenatchee came up with a great idea to promote the apple industry and to celebrate unity, spring and the community—creating the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

It was a one-day event.

A few years later, in 1922, there were 250 floats and an estimated 100,000 people in attendance.

This year the party started on April 25 with the fun, food and excitement, and the fun continues through May 5 with more than 40 events planned, celebrating the spring apple blossoms, arts and crafts, gem shows, great variety of food, and entertainment. Events take place throughout the town at various location all over Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.

 “The festival is such a success and this year since we’re celebrating 100 years, and we are gathering as many of the past royalty that we can find,” Darci Christoferson, the festival director for the past 25 years said. “We have 165 former royalty members coming back from Florida, California, Arizona — from 1968 to 2018. It amazing that we have every year represented, except for 2001.”

The festival opened Thursday with the annual Chief for a Day celebration, displays of local law enforcement hardware, and the Memorial Park Food Fair.

You can download the Apple Blossom app to guide you through the fun or check out the events here. Just be sure to attend some of the happenings at the party that never stops!

Youth Parade

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival—April 25-May 5

24th Annual Apple Blossom Golf Tournament—May 2 at the Highlander Golf Course

Festival Ball—May 3— celebrate the festival with live music, dinner, and a no host bar at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Apple Blossom Arts & Crafts Fair—May 3 through May 5 at Memorial Park

Tour de Bloom Stage Race—May 3 through May 5

59th Annual Downtown Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast—May 4 at Triangle Park & Pioneer Middle School

28th Annual Apple Blossom Run—May 4 at Apple Bowl/Triangle Park

Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show—May 4 in East Wenatchee

Apple Blossom Fly Fun—May 4 & 5

Stemilt Growers Grand Parade—11 a.m. May 4

For more information about the events, download the app!


Candice Reed

Candice Reed and her husband moved to downtown Chelan in 2009 from California. She wrote about her move for the Los Angeles Times and was featured on Canadian news station, CBC. Eventually, the couple moved to a house up-lake to 25-Mile Creek where she wrote two books and wrote for major newspapers. They bought a vintage Sabre-craft boat and named it “ Sacre Bleu,” and would spend afternoons floating on the lake and the Columbia River. In the winter, they would snow-shoe and wine taste in the Wenatchee Valley. The Reeds moved back to California for family, but Candice visits Eastern Washington as often as she can.
Favorite apple—Any from Eastern Washington—I only buy them if they have the sticker!
Favorite color— All hues of gold.