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The success of the Apple Blossom Festival relies solely on our AMAZING volunteers. A huge Thank You to anyone who has ever volunteered for the Festival over the past 90 years!! We couldn't have done it without you...
If you would like to volunteer for the Festival, please download our Volunteer Application, fill it out and mail it in to us at 2 S. Chelan, Wenatchee, WA 98801 or fax it to us at 509-665-0347.
2011 Volunteer Award Winners
The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival held a reception on May 19 at The Wenatchee Convention Center, celebrating the end of the 92nd Festival celebrating “Everybody Loves a Parade”, with over 100 volunteers and members of the Wenatchee Applarians in attendance.
Several Festival volunteers received awards for outstanding achievement:
The “Committee of the Year” Award was given to the Float Design & Construction committee. Ruby Proffitt, Kathy Berschauer, and their crew spent countless hours designing and constructing this year’s Queen’s Float. The “Rookie of the Year” Award went to Claudia Wiggins. Claudia spent many hours in the info booth and is already gathering items for next year’s Auction, of which she will be the Co-Chair. “Volunteer of the Year” Award went to Shayne Rennie. Shayne chairs the Youth Day/Art 4 Kidz event and she and her new husband, Dave, spent countless hours volunteering in the info booth. Stemilt Growers was the recipient of the “Director General Award” for embracing the spirit of the Festival and going above and beyond the call of duty to support the Director General. Besides being a Royal Corporate Sponsor, Stemilt has generously facilitated the storage of our Queen’s float during construction.
Other awards were given to the Festival “Busy Bees” Pat McDonald, Adele Haley, Sally Feil, Alisa Allen, and Sharon Cockrum for their help in the Festival Office. Collectively, they volunteered close to 200 hours from March through May.
Tribute was given to the retiring board members: Out-going Director General Ron Berschauer, Applarian Chancellor Walt Wittgow, Albert Kissler, Julie Kuntz, Lori Reed, Shayne Rennie, Gale Vradenburg and Royalty Chaperone Barb Trandum.
The new Festival Board, along with 2012 Director General Adele Haley, announced the theme for next year’s Festival – “Walking on Sunshine”. The annual Auction will be held Saturday, October 8th 2011 and the Royalty Selection Pageant will be Saturday, February 11, 2012. Dates for the 2012 Festival are April 26-May 6.
2008 Volunteer Award Winners
"Volunteer of the Year” - Adele Haley
This award is given to an individual who has devoted countless hours towards helping the festival in any way possible. This individual loves the Festival so much that SHE is everywhere. She spent 4 hours in the office in the two weeks beforethe Festival, 11 hours in the booth, works the Auction, the Top 30 Reception, assists with the Royalty Advising at her school, works the Youth Parade, and is in charge of Prime Parade Seating for the Grand Parade. She began her career with the Festival in 1974 when she was Princess.
“Board Member of the Year” - Kelly Atwood
Being a Board Member takes a lot of time & energy. This award goes to the Board Member who has demonstrated enthusiasm, leadership skills, & dedication, which led to this year’s success. This particular Board member demonstrated all of these attributes and much more. She deals directly with vendors, whether they be happy or grumpy, as the chair for Arts & Crafts. She is always on the lookout year-round for new vendors as she attends Arts & Crafts Fairs across the state and spends countless hours planning and organizing the over 105 vendors that attend our event. Her passion and creativity make her a wonderful addition to our board and we are so lucky to have her expertise.
“Exceptional Service Award” - Ray Caveness
Each year, the festival deals with the enormous task of marking out Memorial Park for the Arts & Crafts vendors in the few days before they arrive. Once they arrive, the physical checking in and parking/loading/un-loading of each vendor begins. A few years ago, this person saw our current system at that time and said…”You need help”! He created a template by which each vendor spot is marked on the grass and single-handedly organizes the vendors as they setup and tear down for our Fair. He is selfless, compassionate, and dedicated to our Festival – we TRULY couldn’t do this without him.
“Director General Award” - Serve Wenatchee Valley
This award is given to the person or group that goes beyond the call of duty to support the Director General and this year's festival. This year’s recipient has done an amazing job at bringing a sense of family and safety to our Festival over the past years. This group provides the Safe Zones on the avenue during the big weekend. These Zones are designated safe refuge areas for teens. Additionally, their members and volunteers walk downtown during the big weekend as a way to prevent violence and crime. Entertainment in the Park is blessed with Inspiration Day each year, which wouldn’t be possible without all of the hard work of “Pastor Bob”. Our valley and our Festival are so very fortunate to have Pastor Bob Shepard and Serve Wenatchee Valley as they provide a helping hand to those in need.
2007 Volunteer Award Winners
Kim Meredith, Deanna Bollinger, Meaghan Vibbert, Irene Soth, Daryl Ferguson