Archie Manning named SABF Sports Marshal

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced that Archie Manning will serve as the Sports Marshal for this year’s events.

Archie Manning is the patriarch of a family who’s last name has become synonymous with football.

Archie played collegiately at Ole Miss where he was an All American Quarterback and had his #18 retired.

The New Orleans Saints selected him with the #2 overall pick in the 1971 NFL draft.

He went onto set numerous team passing records and was named the NFC MVP in 1978.

Manning was the first Saints player to be inducted into the Superdome Wall of Fame and in the Saints first class for the Ring of Honor.

After his playing career, Archie has impacted communities through his work fighting Cystic Fibrosis and with organizations like the Special Olympics and Boy Scouts.

Archie and his family continue to run one of the most prolific high school quarterback camps each summer, the Manning Passing Academy.

He will be a keynote speaker at the Sports Breakfast and ride in the Grand Feature Parade.

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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

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Apple Blossom welcomes decorated women’s basketball coach

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced Brenda Frese, head coach of the University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team, as a sports guest for this year’s events.

Frese has led the Terrapins to countless accolades during her 22 seasons leading the bench.

She guided the team to the 2006 National Championship in addition to nineteen 20-win seasons, seven 30-win seasons, and nineteen NCAA tournament berths.

In 2022, she won her 500th game at the University, making her the winningest coach in school history.

Her career winning percentage of 77.1% is the 10th highest among all Division-I women’s coaches.

Frese builds her team around recruiting, hard work, and a positive atmosphere and her coaching style has attracted 23 McDonald’s All-Americans and sent eighteen players to the WNBA.

Frese will speak at the Sports Breakfast and ride in the Grand Feature parade.

Tickets for the sports breakfast are available here.

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Apple Blossom announces featured speakers

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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival named two featured speakers for this year’s celebration.

Stephanie Stuckey will speak during the Business at the Bloom Luncheon.

Stuckey recently purchased back her family business which includes hundreds of gas station and convenience stores across the country.

She also has a new book titled UnStuck: Rebirth of an American Icon that will be released in April.

Kara Dixon returns to her hometown to speak at the Ladies Horticultural Luncheon.

The Handley graduate is the Deputy Director of Video Production for the Senate Democratic Media Center in Washington, D.C..

She spent the beginning of her career with various TV news outlets, earning national and regional awards including an Emmy last summer for her work at WAVY in Hampton Roads.

Tickets for these events are available here.

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Apple Blossom names first third-generation Queen

The 97th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has named Joy Elizabeth Beranga as Queen Shenandoah.

Festival President Sharen Gromling shared the announcement at an event on Thursday evening.

For the 100th anniversary of the Festival, the Queen was chosen with generational significance in mind.

Joy is the daughter of Tryne Vance Brlanga, Queen Shenandoah in 2001, and the granddaughter of Susan Ford Bales, Queen Shenandoah in 1975.

Susan was originally crowned by her father, President Gerald Ford.

This is the first time in Apple Blossom history that a family has shared the reign as queen from grandmother to daughter to granddaughter.

Joy will continue the family tradition at the Queen’s Coronation on Friday May 3rd at 1:30 pm at the Patsy Cline Auditorium in John Handley High School.

The Queen and her Royal Family will attend many Festival events and ride in the Firefighters’ and Grand Feature Parade.

Joy is currently a senior at Independence High School in Texas and plans to attend Colorado State University in the Fall majoring in landscape architecture.

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Apple Blossom announces new events and changes to fan-favorites

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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced some changes to this year’s events as well as a few new additions.

The Festival will celebrate its 97th iteration and 100th anniversary this year.

The gap is due to the three years the festival was not held during WWII.

A birthday party will be held to recognize the longevity at the Wilkins Athletics Event Center on April 30th.

Some of the other new events are still in the planning stages.

The festival kick-off Wine Fest will no longer offer non-drinking tickets.

Seven fan favorite events were changed this year to open only for those 21 or older.

This includes most of the Friday Luncheons which are open bar events.

The Pumps and Pearls Ladies Party has changed locations and will now be held at The George Washington Hotel.

The Ladies Commonwealth Luncheon has been moved to Thursday afternoon, also at The GW.

The Stag Luncheon will now feature a live DJ in addition to live music.

Tickets and the full list of events can be found at thebloom.com.

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First Night Winchester debuts celebration plans

The City of Winchester announced their plans for New Years on Tuesday.

The City and Old Town partnered with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Winchester Economic Development Authority and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival to put together a celebration which will run begin at 10 am on New Year’s Eve through the morning of New Year’s Day.

MSV will host free family oriented entertainment from 10 am to 5 pm on December 31st with magic shows, visitors from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, and the First Night Winchester Coloring Contest.

Winners from each age group will receive a prize and have their work displayed in the gallery.

Starting at 5 pm, Old Town will welcome musical performances, fire jugglers, and much more.

From 6 pm till midnight, the Court House lawn will host a glow party, laser light show, and live DJ concluding with a Winchester staple, the Apple Drop.

Then race into 2024 in a healthy way with a New Year’s Day Fun Run starting at 8 am back at MSV.

Click here for a full list of activities or to sign up for the Fun Run. 

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News Maker Dario Savarese discusses free SABF events

News Maker Dario Saverese speaks with Scott Bradley about the quickly approaching Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s free events such as the Grand Feature Parade and the Friday night fireworks display.

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

News Makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

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SABF names Phil Glaize as Court Ambassador

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The 96th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced that Phil Glaize will be joining the celebration as a Court Ambassador for the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Bella Astin.

The Coronation will take place at John Handley High School on May 5th at 1:30 pm.

Glaize is a Winchester resident who has managed Fred L. Glaize L.C for over 35 years.

His organization operates 600 acres of apple orchards, a cold storage facility, packing operations, and sales activities.

In 2022, he was acknowledged as the “Apple Person of the Year” based on feedback from his peers nationwide.

Glaize has also been affiliated with the Old Town Cidery and Rotary and is currently chair of Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

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Brian Sullivan selected as SABF Grand Marshall

The 96th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced Brian Sullivan as the Grand Marshall.

Sullivan is a 1989 Graduate of James Wood High School and anchor of CNBC’s 7:00 pm show “Last Call.”

He originally moved to the area in ninth grade and graduated from James Wood before attending Virginia Tech.

He has spent over 25 years in financial journalism and television and has been nominated for Emmys and the prestigious Loeb Award.

Sullivan will attend numerous festival events on Friday and appear in both Firefighters’ and Grand Feature Parades.

Along with the announcement of the Grand Marshall  Apple Blossom Official announced the Store is now open for Official Festival clothing and souvenirs with hours found here.

Apple Blossom Ticket and events information is found here.

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