Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

135 North Cameron Street
Winchester, VA 22601


Eighty Festivals ago (no festivals held in honor of the man and women fighting during the WWII years 1942 through 1945), the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® was born and has become one of the oldest civic celebrations in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2007, the Festival celebrated a milestone - its 80th Anniversary and the 75th Anniversary of one of the largest Firefighters' Parades in the world; therefore, it was a double Anniversary year.

Each spring the citizens of Winchester unite in preparing for the yearly Festival with an annual clean-up and beautification project followed by draping the city in pink, white and green bunting making the city more presentable to guests and spectators. The citizens of Winchester delight in welcoming everyone to their beautiful historical city and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®.

The first Festival was held Saturday May 3, 1924, a one-day celebration. Elizabeth Steck (Arthur) was crowned Queen Shenandoah I. Since that time 79 Queens have reigned over the extravaganza. The first Grand Feature Parade was held prior to the coronation and wound its way through city streets to the fairgrounds off Fairmont Avenue. Following the parade the coronation was held on a dais built at the foot of the stairs of John Handley High School. Entertainment for the Queen, her Court and all those in attendance consisted of eight young ladies performing a program of interpretive dances.

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