2019 Applarian Chancellor Robin Huffaker & Husband Keith
The Wenatchee Applarians welcome Robin Huffaker as the 2019 Chancellor and her husband, Keith.
Robin was born and raised in Wenatchee and has only missed one Apple Blossom Festival!
Prior to graduating from Wenatchee High School she started her career in the dental field, retiring in 2010 and now works "full time" at the Gilded Lily.
Robin and her husband Keith (a project manager and city council member) married 25 years ago and between them they have six children and 18 plus grandchildren. You won't find them watching pro sports until one of them has a contract!
Looking for something to do within the community as a couple, they joined Applarians in 2013.
In her free time Robin enjoys walking, gardening, kayaking, camping, and travel. She is looking forward to an exciting year of celebrating a 100 year young Wenatchee tradition.
The Applarians provide the $10,000 Apple Blossom Queen’s Scholarship.
Applarian Mission Statement
To assist the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Association in representing the Greater Wenatchee Valley in community festivals and other events.
To invest in capital improvements to benefit the Apple Blossom Festival, including contributing to the annual scholarship for the Festival Royalty.
To be the official hosting organization for the Cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, and the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.
What it means to be an Applarian
Being an Applarian gives one the satisfaction of contributing to the most significant activity of the Wenatchee Area. To be an Ambassador for the community both at home and away demonstrates the willingness to support that which is worthwhile, while becoming acquainted with others who are not regularly met in one's daily routine, whether it be in the valley or elsewhere, as representatives of the community. Through the giving of time, energy, and financial support there comes a good feeling of being a part of making the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, it's Royalty, and the Wenatchee Valley Area something very special.
What is an Applarian?
Applarians represent a cross section of the men and women of the Wenatchee Area, all dedicated to the purpose of supporting the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival as Ambassadors both in the community and elsewhere while visiting other community activities. An Applarian is a willing worker to make visitors feel welcome, whether at Apple Blossom time or on other occasions of importance. It is being willing to provide scholarships to the Apple Blossom Festival Royalty to show appreciation for their service to the Wenatchee Area and the Festival.
History of the Applarians
Early in 1958, R.F. Jones and A.A. Morrison along with several other leaders in the Wenatchee business and professional community saw a need for an organization to support the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, particularly in the event that it sustained a major financial loss due to weather. The organization of the Applarians was the result, and was patterned after, the Portland Rosarians. Other activities were soon added including providing transportation for the float and accompanying the Royalty to over 25 festivals, hosting festival groups and other visitors, attending out-of-town banquets and, more recently, underwriting scholarships for the Apple Blossom Festival Royalty.
To actively participate in Applarian functions and on committees when possible, especially during the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. To attend at least one or more out-of-town packet and/or non-packet festivals during the year as part of an official Applarian delegation.