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Actor Sean Astin crowns his daughter
Elizabeth as Queen Shenandoah XCI at
the 2018 Shenandoah Apple Blossom
Festival in Winchester.
adapted, and created her own tradition
with her family.
Th ey prefer the activities pegged for
Friday, May 3, this year, including a kids'
race, fi refi ghters' parade and fi reworks
display.
" It all happens in one spot, " Stover
says. " We get our fi ll and get to do so
much, and not leave that location. We
check a whole lot of boxes. You get to
feel the pulse and heartbeat of Apple
Blossom just that Friday night. "
With events the preceding seven
days from May 3, and still two more
aſt er, you have many other opportunities
to soak it in. Th ere's no wrong way to
get the festival experience, the chamber
representatives say, but there are a few
factors for consideration to make the
most of it.
If you're coming from out of town,
spend the night in a hotel, and book it
as early as possible. As in, if you're reading
this and fall into that out-of-town
category, you might want to stop now and
start making such arrangements. Th e last
few paragraphs of this article can wait.
For locals or visitors, the non-festival
options to occupy your time are plenty
in Winchester and Frederick County.
Ag-related attractions, such as markets
and orchards, are popular along with
the Shenandoah Spirits Trail, a network
of wineries, craſt breweries, cideries and
distilleries extending 60 miles south to
Harrisonburg.
For festivalgoers, Stewart advises
parking away from downtown
Winchester (also known as Old Town)
and walking to events, which gets you
out of traffi c and into the path of local
vendors and businesses that could use
your support. Old Town features an
assortment of over 100 artisan boutiques,
bookstores, apparel shops, jewelers,
restaurants and more. It also can occupy
any history buff 's time with museums
and markers noting the area's signifi cance
to the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
Whatever your itinerary becomes
for Apple Blossom, Stewart says to
research what you want to do and have
a rain jacket handy.
Oh, and wear pink and green,
she adds.
" Most of all, " Stewart says, " have
a good time. "
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For more information, visit thebloom.com.
The 2024 Shenandoah Apple Blossom
Festival in Winchester runs from Friday,
April 26, to Sunday, May 5. Marquee
events include an arts and craft show
on April 26; a wine festival on April 27;
the festival's 100th-birthday celebration
on April 30; ladies' and men's luncheons
on May 3; fi refi ghters' rodeo, parade
and fi reworks on May 3; sports breakfast
on May 3; grand-feature parade on May
4; and concert featuring contemporary
Christian artist TobyMac on May 5.
For more information, including a full
schedule of events and a running list
of celebrities expected to attend, visit
thebloom.com.
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