February 23rd: l0am & 2pm
February 24th: 2pm
Join us for a themed dinner February 23rd: 6pm
Local history comes alive at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 with the annual People of Our Past program. People of our Past will celebrate 100 years of Wenatchee’s Apple Blossom Festival, now officially Washington State Apple Blossom Festival (longest running festival in state). Apple Blossom Festival organizers have chosen theme “A Big Deal Since 1919”.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Wagner – 1920. A pioneer fruit grower on Columbia River below Entiat who developed a Swakane Canyon spring, piped it 7 miles to his land, and created a large lush orchard. His wife was a charter member of the Ladies’ Musical Club, which started the first Blossom Festival in 1919.
Queen Rosella Corle – 1929. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Apple Blossom, Queen Rosella was flown to Chicago to appear on a national NBC Radio broadcast and invite all Americans to Wenatchee for Apple Blossom.
Fern Cousineau Duncan – 1959. A WHS art teacher who designed and created individual crowns for ABF royalty every year, beginning in 1932. In 1959 she made a permanent crown for girls to use each year. Fern directed the queen’s coronation each year and designed royal robes and parade float, helped write pageants, created stage sets.
Bill Thoroughman – Applarian and director general, Bill and his wife were on the first ABF delegation to Misawa in 1967.