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Dear esteemed adventurer,
As spring blooms into a full view, we take a bite out of the season with the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
Here’s a rundown review of the event:
- Event Date(s) & Time: Monday, April 25 – Sunday, May 1, 2011; Times varied from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. depending on event day
- Event Location: Various Locations throughout Winchester, VA. Fest day we attended was at Jim Barnett Park, 1001 East Cork St
- Event Description: Per the Fest website; A series of more than thirty events includes: band competitions, dances, parades, the Clyde Beatty – Cole Bros Circus, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters’ events, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. The Festival is held in Winchester – Frederick County Virginia, in the beautiful and historic Northern Shenandoah Valley, just 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. A small city with a rural atmosphere, Winchester is within easy driving time from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA. Crowds in excess of 250,000 attend the Festival each year. Read the history here.
- Fee Involved: Varies, entr was about $10 cash only accepted
- Held Annually? Yes, April 27-M ay 26. 2012
- Event Crew Members who Attended: Isaac A & Andy G
- Areas Visited:Vendor Hall, Antique Show, Kid’s Play Area, & Carnival Midway Area
Event Experience: The day we arrived we stayed overnight at a local lodging area near the main downtown area in Winchester we will not name the place for now), but the hotel was quite aged with their butterscotch walls and their shifty security. What got us was when we were grabbing our things from the car I decided to walk upstairs to cross the floor and walk back down to the bottom floor where we were at rather than walk around the main building. It was funny to see how one room had their door open and people were lounging in there like “what’s up” it was pretty odd. The stay overnight was good and the next day we stopped for breakfast at Denny’s next door and saw the lobby decorated in the festival colors as they celebrated their Bacon plate meals – I had to get the cracked pepper bacon. The service was pretty good, the people in there well let’s just say mulletfest could have been started and we were on our way to the fest.
We rode into town and parked in the downtown area and across the street I found the headquarters building which was open at the time. We walked up the street and I got a stop at the Red Fox creamery to get some ice cream and wander up the walkway of shoppes and see the window decorations in honor of the fest. After looking up the location of the park we walked several blocks to the park and found the crowds swarming to the entrance of the fest area. We paid our way in and walked into the event hall that was filled with local vendors selling Blossom Fest merchandise, pet toys, vintage jewelry, lighthouse candle holders, food dip samples, and a variety of other neat things.
We walked out the exhibit hall to find to our immediate left a stage where live entertainment was going on and we turned right into the food court area and there were about 80+ tents filled with a tonload of vendors selling other unique items like glass bead jewelry (the lady there was quite personable and the staff were making new designs behind her at the craft table), fresh kettle korn being made by a family, metal designs to display on the wall, gel candles, and lots of neat things to gaze over. At the end of the vendor tent area was a variety of antique cars, but by the time we got there the show was wrapping up so most of them were leaving.
I stopped to get some grilled corn and then we walked back out of the event vendor area to see that the entertainment was going hardcore “Ride Sally Ride!” although it was misty rain those Blossom Festers were dancing in good spirits and one old lady was just singing her hear t out under her umbrella from her lawn chair. Awesomeness +10! We then walked through the carnival area and walked over to the kids area where the were giving out free samples of water and snacks, much to our surprise that’s where we found a few high school students middle school maybe giving out the performance of their lives, it was epically amazing! We stopped by the petting animal area and saw some bugs and a few farm animals andcalled it a day to return back to the car.
Being that we were ready to go bathroom call made it’s whistle and we stopped into Kay’s Antiques and the staff at the counter was very nice letting us know about some of the great antique shops that were in town. She gave us the name of Past & Present antique shop and we stopped at the second store that they had in town. We spent about an hour, but they had lots of great finds just to look over and some that made you wonder why would someone have it? We finally ate at Thai Winchester Restaurant and had a good meal to finish off the day and finally make our way back home.
* Exit the Event & Return Home*
Event Website: Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival | Facebook Page: Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival FB Fanpage
Here’s what we thought of the event:
1. What was the best part? The best part was the vendor hall and booths with all the unique artisan crafts and watching the live entertainment.
2. What was the most unique? The school play that they presented it was so random, but fun and entertaining from just a few kids trying to put on the most presentable Shakespearean play of MacBeth.
3. What would you commend to come back and see? The local shops dressed for the blossom fest, antique cars, the vendors, and the entertainment.
4. What would you leave out? The rain at the end of the day.
5. What should someone know before going? Bring money there will be lots of unique things to buy, but there isn’t many apple related products I was thinking there would be apple bobbing, apple pie eating, things like that, but I truly wasn’t sure what to expect!
Definitely Check out these things: Red Fox Creamery, Past & Present II Antique Shop, & Kay’s Furniture & Jewelry.
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