Apple Blossom Festival Prayer Brunch Update
26 January 2019 News
Due to circumstances unforeseen last Fall when preliminary plans were being made, the anticipated move of the Prayer Brunch Presented by Knouse Foods to the Tolley Dental Fun Zone at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center at Shenandoah University, will not take place this year. Instead The 2019 Prayer Brunch will return to its traditional format. It will be held on Friday, May 3rd, 2019, at the Winchester Church of God, on Route 522/North, at 9:30am.
This very popular event has sold out every year since it was created for the 2000 Apple Blossom Festival. It was hoped that, for the 2019 Festival, the event could be moved to the spacious James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center at Shenandoah University, which would have allowed for more tickets to be sold. However, there was a scheduling conflict. The midday slot on Friday at the Festival’s Tolley Dental Fun Zone was already held by the highly successful Massage Envy Bloomers’ Luncheon. In order to move its location to the Wilkins Center, the Festival’s Prayer Brunch would have to change its date from Friday to Thursday; and, in the end, it was the potential change of date, not the potential change of location, that caused the problem. Festival organizers were having trouble lining up the traditional military escorts on a Thursday. Some of the traditional Friday entertainment could not, in the end, make the switch to Thursday. The Festival was having trouble making the 24-hour change in the schedule of the Festival Queen, whose appearance is always a highlight of the Prayer Brunch. And, possibly, most damaging, only about half of the army of faithful volunteers, who assemble the event’s delicious meal each year on Friday, would be able to do the same on a Thursday.
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival deeply regrets this inconvenience to both friends and fans. Obviously, the Festival is responsible for this unforeseen change; and, anyone who ordered tickets to the 2019 Prayer Brunch expecting the event to be held on Thursday, May 2nd, and, who cannot attend the event on Friday, May 30, should come by Apple Blossom Headquarters at 135 North Cameron Street for a refund on your purchase. If you cannot come by Headquarters in person, please contact Office Manager, Donna Saville, at 540-662-3863. If you are not affected by the change of venue and date, you don’t need to do anything; your order is fine the way it is, and, when your physical tickets are mailed to you, they will be printed with the correct venue, date and time.
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