Budweiser Clydesdales return for Apple Blossom

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced that the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to appear in the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday May, 4th.

The Clydesdales will also be available for a meet and greet at the Virginia Eagle Distributing warehouse on Wednesday, May 1st from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Horses chosen as Budweiser Clydesdales must be at least three years old, over six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh an average of over 2,000 pounds.

The temperament is very important for these gentle giants as they meet millions of people each year at hundreds of events across the country.

A single Clydesdale will consume as much as 25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay, and 30 gallons of water per day.

Each group also travels with a Dalmatian which were originally bred to protect the horses and wagons on deliveries.

To view the festival’s 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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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.

For a full list of Apple Blossom events, click here.

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Bloomin’ With Barry: The Parade Wave

In the first of this week’s Bloomin’ With Barry segments, yours truly and longtime morning radio personality Barry Lee talk about participating in last year’s Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade. Enjoy the memories this week, brought to you by Winchester Printers and Les Veach State Farm Insurance! ~Randy~

 

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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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.

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

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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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SABF seeks volunteers to revitalize parade floats

The 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is quickly approaching, and they announced that your help is needed for one of the most important parts of the parade.

The Festival’s sixteen floats need freshening up after their yearly storage in the Noland’s Plumbing Supply Building on Papermill Road.

From now until the end of April, volunteers will meet to help dust, clean, patch, build and paint the floats which will be used in the upcoming parades.

The open work times include Wednesdays from 1-6 pm, Saturdays from 1-8 pm and Sundays from 1- 6 pm.

All supplies are provided.

Credit certificates for volunteer hours are available.

For questions or more information, call 540-662-3863 or just show up at the warehouse.

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95th SABF is in full Bloom

Shenandoah Apple Blossom 2022

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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Bloomin’ With Barry 4-25-22

Shenandoah Apple Blossom 2022

It’s Apple Blossom Festival Week, and the Wake-Up Crew celebrates with “Bloomin’ With Barry” as we share Festival Memories with the long time local radio morning icon. This morning, Randy & Barry talk about the perfect food to eat during commercial breaks of the Grand Feature Parade TV broadcast, something that became a tradition in their 15 years of working together. Enjoy!