Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival 2013 – Winchester, VA
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a celebration of spring in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The event is one of the the largest in the Mid-Atlantic area, taking over the town of Winchester Virginia. This is a great time to enjoy the Virginia countryside and see the blooming apple trees while they color the region in pink, white and green. The ten-day festival features more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more. “Love to Bloom” is the theme for the 2013 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
Dates: April 26 – May 5, 2013
Getting to Winchester, VA: Winchester is located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, just 72 miles northwest of Washington DC and 22 miles north of Shenandoah National Park. From Washington, DC: Take Route 66 West to I-81 North, Exit 313 or Take VA-267 W (The Dulles Toll Road) to VA-7 W at exit 1A, continue on VA-7 to Winchester. See a map.
Queen Shenandoah and Miss Apple Blossom Festival
Each year, nominations are made for Queen Shenandoah by festival organizers, former queens, past celebrities, and political figures. Miss Apple Blossom Festival is the official hostess of the event and the winner of the Miss America pageant held at Daniel Morgan Middle School each November.
Schedule of Major Events
- Bloomin’ Wine Fest – April 27-28, 2013. Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall. Virginia wineries offer wine samples at a two-day event that includes food and live musical entertainment. Hours: Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wine Fest tickets are $15 (online) prior to April 19th. $20.00 (one day tasting admission) at the gate during the Fest. $5.00 Wine Garden Pass.
- Apple Blossom Carnival – May 1-6, 2013. Valley Avenue behind Wards Plaza. Carnival rides and a variety of activities for all ages. Hours: Tues-Thurs 5 - 11 p.m., Fri 2 - 11 p.m., Sat 12- 11 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.
- Coronation of Queen Shenandoah – May 3, 1:30 p.m. John Handley High School. A Royal Command Performance, featuring local school participants, follows the coronation ceremony.
- Old Town Midway – May 3-4, 2013. Piccadilly Street and the Loudoun Street Mall. The Midway includes carnival games, novelty items, and food such as Cotton candy, caramel apples, and corn dogs.
- Firefighters Parade – May 3, 2013, 5:30 p.m. Old Town Winchester. The parade is coordinated by members of the Winchester and Frederick County Firefighters. It is the largest and one of the oldest annual Firefighters Parades in the world. The best viewing spots are along Washington Street between Amherst and Monmouth Streets.
- Fireworks & Nightfest – May 3, 2013. Handley High School. Live musical entertainment begins immediately following the Firefighters Parade around 8 p.m. The fireworks are displayed at 9:15 p.m.
- Grand Feature Parade – May 4, 2013, 1:30 p.m. Old Town Winchester. The parade contains more than 200 units of floats, bands, special units and antique cars. 2011 “American Idol” winner, Scotty McCreery, has been chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal this year. The best viewing spots are along Washington Street between Amherst and Monmouth Streets.
- Weekend in the Park – May 4-5, 2013. Jim Barnett Park. The Arts & Crafts Show runs throughout the weekend. On Sunday enjoy Fun Day in the Park (activities for kids), the Midway and Yesterday's Cruisers Car Show (more thanr 200 vintage and classic "muscle cars" from the 40s, 50s and 60s) The car show is on Sunday only and is weather-dependent. Admission: $5.