{ Manson Apple Blossom Festival 2018

Manson Apple Blossom Festival 2018

Manson Apple Blossom Festival 2018

Early morning weather couldn’t have been better in Manson, Washington as the community began setting up for the 98th Apple Blossom Festival.

Beautiful week ahead and a quiet morning in Manson at 6:30 am

My first stop was the Manson Grange Hall where members from the Kiwanis Club were busy serving a Pancake Breakfast, which included eggs and ham.

Amiko Severns and Cindy Simmons

Amiko Severns, Kiwanis President and Chairperson for the event said, “Kiwanians have hosted this fundraising breakfast going on fifty years! The monies raised helps provide six $1,000 scholarships for Manson students.” If you would like more information about joining Kiwanis stop by their meeting at the lower level of the Manson Grange every Wednesday. Dinner served at 6:30 with the program at 7:00. I left there very full.

I walked north on Highway 150 as vendors were setting up their booths for the Street Fair. I then strolled to the Manson Village Center where runners for the Pig Jig were registering for the 2k and 5k races, sponsored by North Cascades Bank.

Kyla Allen, SVP, Marketing Director North Cascades Bank said, “This is the 17th year North Cascades Bank has hosted the Pig Jig. The Bank covers most of the costs and the money raised provides $1,500 towards Manson Apple Blossom scholarships.” Ray Dobbs blew the starting horn at 8:30 and over 300 people were running down main street.

Kyla Allen, center chairperson for the Pig Jig

Back to the Grange Hall where the Quilt Show was underway. Members of the Chelan Valley Undercover Quilters displayed their amazing quilts, this is their 30th year at Apple Blossom. Christy Libbey told me, “We have 35 members and we meet the 1st Thursday of the month (except July and August) starting at 6:30 at the Chelan Fire Hall, everyone with and interest in quilting is welcome to join us." For more information contact Christy at 509-679-5717.

Christy Libbey on left is your contact for the Chelan Valley Undercover Quilters

At 9:00 I joined members of the Manson Chamber of Commerce and Jeff Tuttle, owner “Caterme Chelan” for a ribbon cutting ceremony. It was short and sweet as Jeff was putting together a big catering order. To find out more information contact them at 509-416-6165.

Left to right Debbie Conwell, Guy Rogers, Jeff Tuttle, Sandy Day and Jeff Conwell

The big event of the day was the Manson Apple Blossom Parade that was underway promptly at 11:00 to the sound of the Firehouse siren. Highway 150 was lined with people from Lake Chelan Building Supply to the end of town. Manson American Legion Post 108 and the Chelan VFW Post 6853 led the parade proudly displaying several flags.

The parade lasted one hour and five minutes with floats, bands, drill teams, car clubs and more. Visit the Manson Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for a photo gallery.

Manson Apple Blossom float

It was lunchtime so I attended the Apple Blossom Dinner held at North Shore Bible Church. This event goes back many years and North Shore has hosted it for over ten years. I arrived to find a packed house and had to wait in line to be served, that’s a good thing as this is a fundraising event for the Apple Blossom Scholarship fund. Jama England and Sarah Cushing co-chaired the Dinner Committee. The food was excellent featuring chicken and noodles, green beans, rolls and homemade pies. LeeAnne Weathersby has served as head cook for the past four years and she does a superb job.

I don’t play basketball, too short and too slow but it was fun watching the “young folks” play competitive basketball. Windermere Lake Chelan has sponsored the event for the past six years. Morgan Pitcon, Chairperson for the event said, “We have 29 teams playing, it might be a record! I want to recognize Manson School’s Matt Charlton and Erik Helleson and the Manson Parks District for all their help.”

29 three on three teams in the tournament

Finally, it was back to North Shore Bible Church for the Manson Idol. This is a new event coordinated by Donny Vanderholm, a local musician. “This year we only have four contestants but we are looking for bigger things next year.

This was an amazing day for Manson and I want to thank EVERYONE who helped make Manson Apple Blossom a huge success. Isn’t it great to live in Manson!!

By Norm Manly

Posted by Manson Chamber of Commerce

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