News Maker Sharen Gromling on the beginning of the Bloom

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival President Sharen Gromling joins Scott Bradley to discuss the festival which kicked off over the weekend.

They discuss some of the upcoming events and the festival’s efforts on highlighting our local celebrities.

To listen to Sharen’s News Maker, click here.

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Jon Huertas named SABF Grand Marshall

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced this year’s Grand Marshall, Jon Huertas.

The actor, director, and producer will return to Winchester, his hometown, where he graduated from John Handley High School in 1987.

Jon is best known for his roles as Miguel Rivas in the award winning NBC series This Is Us and Detective Javier Esposito in the hit dramedy Castle.

He also served in the Air Force for 8 years and drew inspiration from his experiences during his stand-out performance as Sgt. Poke in the HBO series Generation Kill.

As a filmmaker, he has directed numerous television episodes, short films, and music videos.

He is currently preparing for his debut as a feature film director with Rock Bottom Express and Defenses.

During the festival, Jon will attend the Queen’s Coronation, and both parades.

To view the full announcement, click here.

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Huntley announced as SABF Firefighter’s Marshall

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced Huntley, the season 24 winner of The Voice, will serve as the Firefighter’s Marshall during this year’s festivities.

Huntley was chosen by coach Niall Horan of One Direction during the singing competition and gained fans for his style of southern blues and rock, raspy vocal range, and command of the stage.

He was selected by the festival in part for his regional ties as he currently lives in Fredericksburg.

Huntley independently released his first single “Holdin On” in 2022 followed by a project titled, “Fire and Flames.”

During Apple Blossom, fans will see him in both the Firefighter’s and Grand Feature Parades.

He has also agreed to perform during the Country Music Party and tickets are available here

To view the festival’s announcement, click here.

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95th SABF is in full Bloom

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We are in full Bloom here in the Shenandoah Valley as the 95th Apple Blossom Festival is here.

Today will bring us some of the marquis events like the Grand Feature Parade which will have bands from around the country, floats, and this year’s Grand Marshall Terry Bradshaw and Sports Marshall Julius Erving.

Then put on your dancing boots for the Square dance or the Country Music Party.

Bloomin Sunday will cap things off at the Frederick County Fairgrounds with fun for the whole family.

For a full list of events, click here.

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Winchester schedule for SABF

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The City of Winchester announced its schedule for the weekend of Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF).

City Administrative Offices will be closed on Friday Apr. 29.

Friday refuse will be collected but it must be curbside by 5 a.m. on Friday Apr. 29.

The War Memorial Building will be closed both Friday and Saturday Apr. 29 and 30.

The Joint Judicial Center will be closed Friday Apr. 29.

Win Tran will not operate on Friday or Saturday Apr. 29 or 30 it will resume normal operation  Mon. May 2.

Roads will close for Friday’s Apr. 29  Firefighters Parade starting at 3 p.m. lasting until approximately 8:30 p.m..

The Grand Feature Parade routes will close to all traffic 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday Apr. 30.

Bag Checks will be in place at many of the entrances of Apple Blossom events.

Service animals will be the only animals permitted at any event.

Winchester Police suggest you not bring bags to any events unless absolutely necessary.

Diaper bags with necessary items for children are permitted but maybe checked.

Vehicles will be towed if parked in streets marked closed to parking.

Full details and maps are available at winchesterva.gov as well as at thebloom.com.

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News Maker Dario Savarese on the start of SABF Today 4/22

Today Apr. 22 the Shenandoah Apple Blossom (SABF)  2022 officially begins with the Bloomin’ Wine Festival on Old Town Winchester’s Loudoun Street Mall.

We spoke with SABF Marketing Director Dario Savarese in our latest news maker about everything happening this weekend.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Dario not only tells us about today’s Bloomin’ Wine Festival but other new events scheduled for this weekend.

Dario also tells us of the traffic feature at thebloom.com to help with parking and traffic during the festivities.

Click here for Dario’s interview.

Tickets and event information is available here.

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Apple Blossom Guest Speakers and Performers

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Lisa Sturtevant, PhD, Chief Economist from Virginia Realtors will be the keynote speaker at the Valley Health Business at the Bloom Luncheon held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday April 27, 2022 at the Tolley Dental Zone in

James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center on the campus of Shenandoah University. Dr. Sturtevant has been

involved in research on economic, demographic, and housing market issues and local housing solutions for more than

20 years. She currently serves as Chief Economist with Virginia REALTORS, leading the association’s research on

housing market and economic conditions throughout the commonwealth.

Kara Britz will serve as the Court Ambassador at the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah XCV, Mia Dorsett. Kara will

be performing at the Coronation Friday April 29 at 1:30 and at the Malloy Toyota Country music dance Saturday April

30 at 8 p.m.  Tickets for all festival events are available at www.thebloom.com/events.

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SABF announce Sports Marshal for 95 Festival

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) representatives have announced the Sports Marshal for the 95 Festival.

“Dr. J”, Julius Winfield Erving will attend this year’s festival and speak at the annual Sports Breakfast at the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center at Shenandoah University.

Erving has been named one of the top 40 most important athletes of all time by Sports Illustrated.

Erving is not just well known and respected on the basketball court he is also a respected executive and entrepreneur.

He is currently the founder and managing member of Erving Global Opportunity LLC.

Erving will speak at 8:00 a.m. on Apr. 30 at the Sports Breakfast and then ride in the grand feature parade later that day.

Tickets and information for all SABF events available at thebloom.com.

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SABF announce Sports Breakfast special guest speaker

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An email from Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) representative Brenna Taylor announced the Sports Breakfast Special Guest Speaker 2022.

Dallas Cowboy’s Hall of Fame member Tony Dorsett will make his third appearance at the SABF.

Dorsett happens to be the father of the reigning Queen Shenandoah 95 Mia Dorsett and will also serve as the guest speaker for SABF’s Sports Breakfast.

Dorsett was the first Sports Breakfast guest back in 1985 and later crowned his daughter Jazmyn as Queen Shenandoah in 2012.

Tickets for all SABF events are available at thebloom.com.

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Mia Jenelle Dorsett named Queen Shenandoah

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Mia Jenelle Dorsett will serve as Queen Shenandoah for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival.

She is the youngest daughter of Janet and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.

Her sister Jazmyn Dorsett was Queen Shenandoah for the 2012 festival.

Mia originally accepted the nomination to be the Queen in 2020 before the festivities were canceled.

The Dorsett family will be accompanying her.

This will be the Dallas Cowboy legend’s 3rd trip to the area as he first came to Winchester for the Festival in 1985.

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