The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a long standing tradition in the town on Winchester, Virginia dating all the way back to before World War II. The first festival was held on Saturday, May 3, 1924 and was originally only a one-day event. The celebration started with a parade at the old fairgrounds and continued to the pavilion at Handley High School where they would crown their Queen Shenandoah. Following the crowning would be a dance for Queen Shenandoah and her court and all those in attendance.
Today, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has gone from a one-day event to an outstanding nine-day celebration that everyone looks forward to each year. Soon as spring rolls around, the preparation for the festival begins. Every year, the citizens of Winchester hold an annual clean up of the town and deck the town out in their traditional colors of green, pink and white. For Winchester, this week is the biggest week of the year as the whole town shuts down for their expected 250,000 to 300,000 guests, making it one of the largest events in the Mid-Atlantic area. WOW! The population of Winchester is only around 24,000 so this festival is a pretty big deal!
The nine-day festival features more than 45 events including the Grand Feature Parade, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, a 10k run, the world’s largest Fire Fighters’ Parade, Weekend in the Park, a carnival, great music and dances, celebrity guests and of course an incredible fireworks show!
It takes an army to pull off such an incredible celebration. The Apple Blossom Festival’s 89 years of great success is the result of the thousands of incredible volunteers and citizens of Winchester, Virginia. You won’t want to miss out on any of the fun in the land of pink and green at this years Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival!