Saturday 19 April, 2014

Stemilt Growers Grand Parade



2014 Stemilt Growers Grand Parade ~ Saturday, May 3

Grand Parade Hospitality provided by

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The Grand Parade will travel down Orondo St., turn left on Wenatchee Ave., and continue on Wenatchee Ave. to 7th. 

For more info and Press Release, click HERE to link to The Wenatchee World January 19 article. Graphic provided by The Wenatchee World

2014 Marshals...Bob Parlette, Eliot Scull, and the late Gordon Congdon

The Apple Blossom Festival is proud to announce the Grand Marshals for 2014 are Bob Parlette, Eliot Scull, and the late Gordon Congdon; all three men have been instrumental in the creation of the Apple Capital Loop Trail and it’s extensions.

“There are many aspects of our valley that make this a great place to live.  Twenty years ago the Apple Capital Loop Trail was completed, giving us access to our beautiful river and the many outdoor activities we enjoy.  We are thrilled to honor these three men for their efforts and vision.  Thanks to them, we are “Livin’ the Dream” each and every day”, says 2014 Director General Pat McDonald.

Bob Parlette has served the community in countless ways, from his tireless advocacy for community trails systems in the Greater Wenatchee Area, and has been the guiding force to create our beloved Apple Capital Loop Trail. He has served many years as the chair of the Complete the Loop Coalition, and now he has spearheaded a remarkable effort to create the Rocky Reach Trail, which will connect Lincoln Rock State Park to the northern terminus of the Loop Trail.

Dr. Eliot Scull has been instrumental in founding non-profits in North Central Washington that have been transformative to our communities: the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club, the Complete the Loop Coalition, and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. For each of these organizations, Eliot and his wife Tina, have infused game-changing leadership and funds at critical junctures to allow each organization to make significant gains in leveraging community support.  Most recently, the Sculls gifted over $1.1 M to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, as a leadership gift in its $8.6 M campaign.  The Land Trust is now a prominent community-based organization with over 1,100 members, a direct result of their leadership.


After nearly 54 years as a physician, Gordon Congdon worked tirelessly with Bob Parlette and many others in the Complete the Loop Coalition, to develop the eastside portion of the 10-mile loop trail that runs along both sides of the Columbia River.  A portion of the eastside trail was named in honor of his father, Russell T. Congdon.  Up until the last two years of his life, he was a regular biker on the Loop Trail.  Gordon often remarked that he was the luckiest man alive to have been able to spend nearly his whole life among friends in Wenatchee.


As the Grand Marshals, they will be honored at the All Service Club Luncheon on Wednesday, April 30 and ride in the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade on Saturday, May 3.  The Grand Marshal is sponsored by Colonial Vista Communities and Vista Rehab Therapy.


For more information on the Grand Marshals, visit


The All Service Club Luncheon is open to the public.  Tickets are $25 for a single ticket and $225 for a Table of 10 at, at the Festival Office (2 S. Chelan Ave.) or by calling 509.662.3616.


Washington State
Apple Blossom Festival
2 S. Chelan Ave.
PO Box 2836
Wenatchee, WA 98807