Date posted: 03/26/2012
Rejoice Spring at the Apple Blossom Festival!
Those staying in hotels in St. Joseph MO this spring will be lucky enough to witness the city’s apple blossom season, beginning March 31. The plants will bloom all the way up to the Apple Blossom Festival, the third oldest festival in the U.S. on May 5. The festival will host a spring parade, BBQ and many more fun activities for the whole family.
The 2012 theme is “Destination: St. Joseph,” which reflects the historical and current context of St. Joseph. The city was a central jumping-off point for pioneers traveling west along the Oregon and California trails. It was also the end of the Pony Express. This year, St. Joseph is also the site of the Sound of Speed Air Show, International Edition.
As part of the festival, the Apple Blossom Barbecue will give people the chance to compete for $10,000 in prize money. The Apple Blossom Parade will march on May 5 at 9:30am. Many entries will be designed around the theme, “Destination: St. Joseph” and display an American flag to show patriotism. There will be a grand prize of $300 for the float that best represents the theme. Second place will receive $150 and third place $25. Awards will be given for categories Best Float, Best Vintage Float, Best Vintage Vehicle, Best Walking Unit and Best Band.
In 1924, St, Joseph held its first Apple Blossom Parade on April 24. James E. Hunt and organizers invited the town to meet them at Market Square at 9am on that day. Cars drove them to Kenmoor Orchard and then to Connett Orchard to see all of the beautiful apple trees in bloom. A few years later, the tradition of crowning an Apple Blossom Queen to reign over the parade began. The Festival has become more than just an annual rite of spring to the community of St. Joseph; it represents celebration of life and youth.
We hope you can come out and enjoy the festivities in May!
Event Date: May 5, 2012
Address: 12492 Winchester Court,
St, Joseph, MO 64505
For more information on the Apple Blossom Festival, visit www.appleblossomparade.com.