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Getting ready for the 86th Bloom

Laurie Connelly, ‘Doah Staff Writer
April 10, 2013 

'Doah Photo Courtesy of The BloomThis year's Apple Blossom Parade Grand Marshal is Scotty McCreery, who won 'American Idol' in 2011.

‘Doah Photo Courtesy of The Bloom
This year’s Apple Blossom Parade Grand Marshal is Scotty McCreery, who won ‘American Idol’ in 2011.

The school year is drawing to an end and that means one thing here in Winchester: Apple Blossom approaches!

For those who don’t know, Apple Blossom is a festival celebrated in Winchester throughout the first week of May. Within that week there are numerous events including luncheons, dances, a 10k race, a carnival and the Midway. When the activities culminate on Friday night, there is the Firefighters’ Parade, and on Saturday afternoon there is the Grand Feature Parade.

This year’s celebration will run April 26-May 5. Also on Saturday is the Valley Health 10K Race, a 6.2-mile run through Winchester. Anyone who is interested can participate. It is a great experience, but definitely be up on your feet and ready to run. More information and registration instructions can be found at http://www.thebloom.com/events/10k-race.html.

Also, Apple Blossom always brings a varied crowd of celebrities to Winchester. This year’s Grand Marshal will be  2011 ‘American Idol’ Scotty McCreery. Be sure to check back in the next issue, as I will update you on all other announced celebrity guests.

We are currently still a few weeks out, but that does not mean that people aren’t already in preparation mode. Part of the fun of Apple Blossom is that everybody dresses up in pink and green, the official colors. Many people put together  new outfits every year. Some simply buy something pink or green, while others make pink and green tie-dye T-shirts themselves.

If you don’t have anything and aren’t sure where to start, try visiting the Apple Blossom Store at 107 Millwood Ave. They have everything you need to create your Bloom ensemble including shirts, necklaces, sunglasses and hats.

Something else to remember outfit-wise: no matter what you decide to wear, you will probably want to stick to comfortable shoes. Many streets get blocked off during the weekend and parking is hard to find, so you will most likely be hoofing it a lot.

If you work up an appetite, street vendors can be found all along the parade routes and at the Midway!. However, they aren’t exactly credit card-friendly. Make sure you have plenty of cash on you during the course of the week, in case you want some food, drinks or to play some classic carnival games at the Midway.

No matter what events you decide to take part in, the most important part of Apple Blossom is to have fun. This is the biggest event Winchester has, drawing people from up and down the East Coast, and you don’t want to miss out on this wonderful tradition.

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