Sharen E. Gromling Elected President for the 96th and 97th SABF

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® Board of Directors unanimously elected
Sharen E. Gromling to serve as the organization’s President for a two-year term beginning on Monday,
June 27, 2022. Gromling replaces now Past President, Thomas (Tommy) Price who served as President
for the 94th and 95th Festivals.
Sharen has volunteered with the Festival for the past 42 years. She first started working with other
City of Winchester officials hosting the Mayor’s Luncheon held immediately before the parade at the
Jim Barnett Park War Memorial Building. Although this event is no longer held, for years it brought
Mayors from all over the region to our Festival to ride in the parade. Prior to becoming a Festival Vice
President she also co-chaired the Celebrity Luncheon which was held for dignitaries and celebrities
prior to the Grand Feature Parade and was the Chair of the Queen’s Dinner, an event that offered
attendees a look at the Queen Designate and her Court as they entered through a Sabre Arch and the
traditional cutting of the Queen’s Apple Pie.
When asked why the Festival is important to her, Sharen stated “For me it’s about the people. I love
seeing this community open its arms to people from all over who come together to celebrate the
apple industry and the beautiful blossoms. The happy look on a child’s face, the laughter of friends
and family coming together for a special moment in time, watching an army of dedicated, hardworking volunteers pull off this 40+ events, 10-day festival – that’s what makes the Festival special to
Sharen and her husband Tom, a local dentist, will celebrate 44 years of marriage later this month.
They have two children, 34 year-old Tim and 33 year-old Wendy. Tom and Sharen enjoy spending
time with their family and friends, traveling especially to Disney, running races and riding their tandem
bike. Sharen serves as the Executive Director of Our Health, Inc., a regional health and human services
nonprofit. Prior to this she served as the Director of Administration and Human Resources for the City
of Winchester for 30 years.

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NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw leads SABF

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This year’s Grand Marshall for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival was Terry Bradshaw.

He was excited to finally make it to the festival after originally signing on two years ago.

Bradshaw was impressed by the amount of Steeler’s fans in the area and has his own ties to the region.

His favorite song to sing with his daughter is “Crazy” by Winchester native Patsy Cline.

Bradshaw said, “we have been singing that song together since she was 3 years old but my daughter is a much better singer than I am.”

The Hall of Fame quarterback reflected on his career and said what he is most proud of are his four Super Bowl victories.

“Anybody can have stats but to be a great quarterback you have to win,” said Bradshaw.

He then went on to discuss some of his favorite quarterbacks to watch play currently, “Tom Brady, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, and Matt Stafford have the stats and can win.”

When turning his focus to the newest Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett he said, “I got to speak with him the day after he was drafted and congratulated him. Pittsburgh is a great franchise and will put him in a position to succeed. It’s the perfect fit. He’s smart and competitive.”

Terry also believes that Carson Wentz should succeed in Washington with the Commanders, “as long as he gets protection. He was unfairly criticized after his injury, but I am rooting for him. He’s a good person and I like to root for good people.” 

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SABF Country Music Party features local talent

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Sam Grow and Ryan Jewell took the stage for this year’s Country Music Party for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The headliner, Sam Grow, returned for his third Apple Blossom but the first as the main performer.

Grow said, “The number one reason I wanted to come back is because of the people. These are amazing, salt of the earth people. When they called and asked me to headline, I was honored.”

Ryan Jewell, a Warren County High School alumni, was excited to return to the festival for his second year in a row. “I love having the event back at the Wilkins Center. The energy is much better this year with a full slate of events,” said Jewell.

Kara Britz, an alumni of John Handley High School, also graced the stage taking time out of her schedule which includes touring with former Country Music Party headliner Blake Shelton and backing up artists on The Voice.

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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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This one is for the gents. Tonight is the Pumps and Pearls ladies party at the Apple Blossom Festival.  We all know what pearls are but pumps?  According to Shoes History Facts dot com, the pump, or court shoe, came into fashion as part of the medieval traditions of the wealthy class of rulers and politicians in Renaissance countries like Italy, France, Spain and England, among others. Here in the US pumps for women usually have a medium or “kitten” height heel. The shape has varied through time but they usually have a closed toe and have a small vamp, that being the part of the shoe that covers the toes. Pumps can be made from any material, but traditional paten leather is popular. Pumps are mostly worn with a suit or a uniform, but are also worn with formal and informal dresses, skirts, trousers, and jeans.  In the Regency Period upper class men also wore a form of pumps, or opera shoe.  Today men’s pumps have been replaced by the Oxford.  So men, when your lady sends you to her shoe collection to get her cream colored pumps, you’ll at least have a clue as to what you’re looking for.  Oh, by the way, if it looks like a pump but has a strap across the instep, that’s a Mary Jane.  Listen to the podcast here;


Devil’s Backbone releases Apple Blossom beverage

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Devil’s Backbone released a brand new beverage for the upcoming Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Apple Blossom Smash is now on sale at select local retailers and bars for a limited time.

The cocktail in a can is made with vodka, cranberry and apple juice and comes out to 7.5% ABV.

The tagline boosts putting the whole festival in a can so give it a try while it’s available.

Always remember to drink responsibly.

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SABF recognizes local athletes

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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will recognize some of the area’s top athletes at the upcoming Sports Breakfast.

Athletes representing Warren County include Skyline’s Ethan Caperton and Warren County’s Will Waller.

Frederick County Public School’s nominated athletes include  Avery O’Roke of Millbrook, Ella Carlson of Sherando, and Jaden Ashby from James Wood.

Private school honorees include Mountain View Christian Academy’s Alle Jerles, and Legacy Christian Academy’s Mikayla Combs.

Handley’s Stephen Daley and Clarke County’s Dain Booker round out the high school honorees.

Olivia Weinel will represent Shenandoah University at the event.

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SABF announce the Festival’s Fire Marshal

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A Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) press release announced the Fire Marshal for the 95 festival.

Actor, writer producer Dean Cain is the Marshal of the Firefighters’ Parade and Heroes’ Division of the Grand Feature Parade.

Cain is a staunch supporter of our military and first responders and is a sworn deputy of the Frederick County Sheriff’s office.

The actor is probably best know for his work as the title character in Lois and Clark the New Adventures of Superman.

Cain is an Emmy winning actor who was an All-American football player for Princeton University and transitioned to film after a career ending injury in the NFL.

Cain will attend several SABF events honoring real heroes starting Apr. 29.

Information and tickets for all SABF events is available at

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New & Returning Events to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Brad Veach, Executive Director for Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival joined me for a conversation about the 95th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival happening Friday, April 22 – Sunday, May 1, 2022. The event will return in full force this year with many of the traditional events as well as a few new ones.

The United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest will return to Old Town Winchester on Friday, April 22 from 3pm – 10pm and Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 11am – 6pm. Enjoy live entertainment, great food, spectacular Virginia wines, and wonderful company.

The Virginia Business Systems Apple Blossom Golf Classic will take place on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Rock Harbor Golf Course. The Virginia Business Systems Apple Blossom Golf Classic is a Captain’s Choice event with a limit of 24 teams.

Cider Tastings and Orchard Tours will be offered at Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, VA 22602 on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Half-hour walking tours of the orchards will begin at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

The Winchester Radiologists Pumps and Pearls Ladies Party will take place on Monday evening, April 25, 2022 from 6pm – 9pm at The Monument (new location) located in Old Town Winchester.

The myPotential at Home Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance has moved to a new day and location. Join us on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2022, from 7pm – 10pm at the Tolley Dental Zone at the James R. Wilkins Athletics & Events Center on the campus of Shenandoah University. The 90’s Dance Party will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 8pm – 12am at the Tolley Dental Zone at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics and Event Center located on the campus of Shenandoah University. The 80’s Dance party takes place on Friday night, April 29, 2022 from 8pm – 12am. The event will return to the Tolley Dental Zone at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center on the campus of Shenandoah University.

The Stag Luncheon will take place on Friday, April 29, 2022 at the Winchester Cold Storage. The Ladies Commonwealth Luncheon will take place on Friday, April 29, 2022 at the George Washington Hotel. The annual Truist Men’s Commonwealth Luncheon is set for Friday, April 29, 2022 at Piccadilly’s Public House & Restaurant.

New this year: 2022 Miss Apple Blossom, Savannah Marcum, will welcome and entertain children of all ages as they enjoy an unforgettable breakfast experience at West Oaks Farm Market from 9am – 10:30pm on Saturday morning, April 23, 2022. Brad also told us about the Veterans Dinner Show that has been added to this year’s festivities.

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SABF tickets for some events have gone on sale

An email from the Executive Director of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) Bradley Veach announced tickets for some events have gone on sale.

The email went on to say that several new events will be added and announced in the coming weeks.

One of the new events already announced is the Breakfast with Miss. Apple Blossom Savanna Marcum for Apr. 23.

Registration for the Apple Blossom Golf Classic is also open now.

Tickets for Wine Fest, Cider tasting, Pumps and Pearls and Lady’s Commonwealth Luncheon, Rock and Roll, 90’s and 80’s dance Parties, Stag Lunch and Square Dance have all gone on sale.

The festival this year will be a full scale traditional Apple Blossom Festival celebration of spring from Apr.22 through May 1.

Tickets and information on the events will be released through the weeks ahead at

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