Apple blossom time in the Valley. File.
BY KIRK STARRATT
Kings County Advertiser/Register
It‚Äôs fantastic when a plan comes together.
The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival is excited about fresh activities for families to enjoy, and the experts say we can expect a great show of blooms.
Sally Swanburg Wallace, ABF past president, is excited to be headed to the Royal Canadian Legion in Annapolis Royal for the official opening May 25 at 7 p.m.
‚ÄúWe try to move events around as much as we can,‚ÄĚ she says. ‚ÄúThe community gets to showcase their talent. The spotlight is on them.‚ÄĚ
Even before the opening, the first-ever Blossom Hike will take place at the Kentville Agricultural Research Station at noon, helping the station celebrate its 100th anniversary, as well as its 79-year connection with the ABF.
The good news is there should be plenty of blossoms. Bill Craig, horticultural specialist with AgraPoint, says there should be some blossoms for the festival all this week and weekend. Plum, cherry, pear and peach trees are in bloom now. Apple blossoms are next: there should be a ‚Äúpretty good show.
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‚ÄúWe should be bang-on for a change.‚ÄĚ
A new event is Passport to the Valley. Parade day May 28, travel the Valley under the canopy in Kentville‚Äôs Centre Square from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a local tourism showcase, a visual montage of all participating communities.
There will be a new category in the children‚Äôs parade, 10 a.m. Saturday morning: ‚ÄúGreen Pride‚ÄĚ will encourage young participants to promote the ‚Äú3-Rs:‚ÄĚ reduce, reuse and recycle.
There will also be professionally piloted helicopter rides available Saturday and Sunday from Kentville‚Äôs Memorial Park.