Grand Feature Parade, a Memory Maker


WINCHESTER, Va. - The 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival hosted the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday. The parade is known as the main event that started the festival back in 1924.

"I’ve been living here my whole life and it just gets better," said Greg Windsor, a Boy Scout of Troop 3.

"I like to get together with all of my friends and see the fireworks," said Emma Newer, when asked why she likes Apple Blossom.

The first festival only took a handful of volunteers and was thrown together in just a few days. Now, it's become a memory maker for Winchester residents.

Nicholas Lehew, whose sister is one of the queen’s maids this year, was lucky enough to hang with Ali Astin, the Queen of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. "My favorite part is probably dancing with Queen Ali last night at the Queen's Ball," he said.

"Well it's hard to decide because I like everything,” said Casey Newer. “If I had to pick just one, it would probably be here [at the Grand Feature Parade], because you get to play all the games, see what's new this year and I like to see all the famous people that have come to celebrate this tradition with us,” he added.

"I like just coming and watching the parade,” said Hailey Brewer. “I’ve been coming ever since I can remember."

It takes hundreds of volunteers to put on the parade, which the Apple Blossom Committee says is a mile and a half long nd has 55 floats this year.

While hundreds of thousands poured into town to enjoy the festival, Winchester residents told WHAG their favorite part about Apple Blossom.

"This,” said John Rosenberger, Executive Director of the Apple Blossom Festival. “The Grand Feature Parade on a day with semi-blue skies and slight breezes and big crowds dressed in pink and green."

“I make money because the annual fundraiser for our Boy Scout troop is selling these seats," said Windsor.

"I like the rollercoaster, games and the food," said Mike Storbel.

Kids even get Friday off of school to enjoy the festival, which they don’t mind one bit. "I like getting out of school because at school it's like really boring," said Brewer.

"We’re here to enjoy this wonderful weather, spend some family time and enjoy all the events,” said Michael Pietsch, holding his daughters on his shoulders to they could see the parade.

If you haven't been yet, make sure to head on out there for Bluegrass Festival on Sunday, which will wrap up the 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

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