News Maker Brad Veach on SABF programs for the rest 2024

The main events of Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) 2024 are in the books.

We review the past weekends of the SABF with the Executive Director Brad Veach in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Brad gives us a look back on the main events of the 2024 SABF.

He also tells us that SABF is involved with a number of activities throughout the year and how to keep up with them.

Brad reminds us that another 100 year celebration of the actual festival is coming.

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Apple Blossom road and government closures

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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is underway!

The celebration will affect numerous roads in the Old Town Winchester area and many area government offices will close to observe the local holiday.

Winchester City and Frederick County Government offices will close on Friday along with the Joint Judicial Center.

The Town of Berryville will close their offices at noon on Friday.

Road closures will be prevalent in the Old Town area on Friday and Saturday.

The Midway will close portions of Piccadilly and Loudoun Street.

The running events like the Bloomin Mile and Apple Blossom 10K will result in closures along the parade route and near Handley High School.

Sections of Handley Blvd, Valley Ave, and Jefferson Street will close Friday night for the Firework display.

An interactive road closure map is available here.

WinReady transit will continue to operate but will have limited access downtown due to the closures.

The Laurel Ridge fixed routes will not run on May 3rd or 4th.

The festival would also like to remind patrons that pets are not allowed at ticketed events or on the Walking Mall for the duration of the celebration.

The official City of Winchester Apple Blossom planning page is found here.  

A link to the the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival including tickets here.

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News Maker Sharen Gromling on SABF changes and more

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) is in high gear this week through May 5.

We spoke to SABF President Sharen Gromling about her last year as president of the festival in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Sharen reflects on all the changes she has seen in the festival over 44 years she has been involved.

She is proud of the fact that she joins the league of all the Festival Presidents that have come before her.

Sharen also tells us who is in line to become the next president for the next and some of her favorite things about the bloom.

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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.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

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

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.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

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

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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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.

To view the Apple Blossom 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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News Maker Dario Savarese on SABF events

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) is just around the corner.

We spoke to SABF Marketing Director Dario Savarese about some of the new events and changes in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Dario tells us some slight changes have been made to the celebration.

He also tells us of a one time event as a part of the 100th anniversary of the annual celebration.

Dario of course reminds us that we can keep up with everything Apple Blossom 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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