The 77th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival is now well underway. The events seem to be going off as planned and everyone appears to be having a good time. Most of the blossoms have now gone from the main festival areas, but in some outer areas there should still be some blossoms for people wanting to see the beauty, or get pictures.
This year's children's parade seemed especially well attended, both by spectators and participants. There are not as many people who watch this as there is for the bigger parade later in the afternoon, but it makes it easier to get to and find a good spot. The children always seem to have a good time showing off their creative floats and cute outfits.
For a little while during the wait for the Grand Street Parade to begin, it looked and felt like the weather might not cooperate, but save a few sprinkles the rain held off until the very end. Princess Kentville, Lindsay Margaret Pearl, who was crowned the 77th Queen Annapolisa the night before was leading the Grand Street Parade through Kentville.
Unlike some previous years, the vast majority of the entrants were well crafted and entertaining, instead of simply being moving advertisements or fire trucks blowing their sirens and horns. This certainly makes for a much more enjoyable parade as anyone there could tell by watching the happy crowds.
The Scotian Gold Family Fun Day for the Apple Blossom Festival looked to be a huge success. There were huge crowds of people and lots of activities to keep the children going. The beautiful weather certainly played a part in getting people out to the event. The only downfall might have been that it was so busy the line ups for the activites ended up being quite long.
During the day there was live music, a petting zoo, wagon and pony rides, as well as bounce castles for the kids. Near the beginning of the event there was a visit from the Royal Party. Kate Peardon from K-Rock 89.3 joked that they were going to send the Princesses down the huge bounce castle slide, but they surprised here when the insisted they actually do it.