A first for the longest running festival in our state. The Autumn Leaf Festival Association has chosen Cindy Puckett as the Festival's Royal Lady. The Royal Lady represents Leavenworth and attends numerous parades around the state, riding in the town's float. Puckett, is the daughter of Arlene Blackburn, who served as Royal Lady in 1987. This is the first time there has been a mother-daughter duo to serve as Royal Lady. The Autumn Leaf festival began in 1964 and takes place in the last weekend of September.
The Washington State Apple Blossom Junior Royalty was announced this week at their schools. They are: Queen Alex Toth, daughter of Andrew and Connie Toth. She attends the Valley Academy of Learning. Princess Josefina Albert attends Sunnyslope Elementary and is the daughter of John and Christina Albert and Princess Katherine Loomis, daughter of Greg and Lisa Loomis attends the River Academy. 96 essays from 5th Grade girls in the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts were received on the topic, "If you could go to the Winter Olympics, what event would you go watch and why?" The 11 finalists then attended a 40 minute writing session and wrote on the topic, "If you had a magic want,tell me about someone's life you would like to make better". Some of the activities the Junior Royalty will take part in include riding in the Keyes Fibre Corporation Youth Parade on April 26th and carrying the lead banner in the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade on May 3rd.
A "cool" fundraiser is set for Saturday at Walla Walla Point Park. Caryl Morrel with the Wenatchee Parks and Rec Department is helping promote the annual Polar Bear Plunge to support Special Olympics. She says people have been collecting pledges and you can do so to. listen here The plunge is set for noon Saturday at Walla Walla Point Park. Check in is from ten a.m. to 11-30a.m., with the costume contest at 11-15. You can pick up your registration packet onsite, or avoid the lines and do so from four to seven p.m. Friday at Fred Meyer in East Wenatchee.