2016 Festival Theme: "East Coast To The Core – Celebrating Nova Scotia"

APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS

Saturday May 28, 2016 9am – 4pm

New Venue~~~~~Bigger Show~~~~ More Vendors!

Celebrate and support our local artisans and crafters

Join our artisans and crafters from across the Maritimes at the NSCC Kingstec Campus in Kentville, as we celebrate the diversity of handmade arts and crafts  at our Annual Apple Blossom Festival of Crafts.

No matter what you are looking for, you’ll be sure to find it among the artstisans and crafters  participating in this much anticipated, juried show.

Uncover one-of-a-kind, handcrafted  treasures that are perfect for holidays, birthdays, weddings, and just because gifts for friends, family…and yourself!

This  show’s profits will go to the Northeast Kings Education Centre’s  Music Department in support of music purchases, equipment maintenance and travel. 

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Apple Blossom Festival added new Board Members at the Annual AGM

Thanks to everyone who attended the Apple Blossom Festival AGM on October 29th.  Our new Board for 2016 has been nominated and are ready to get to work.  Thanks also to the Kings County Courthouse Museum for hosting.

 

ABF is still recruiting volunteers for festival week, and a few positions on the board remain open.  For information email info@appleblossom.com

 

Queen Annapolisa the 83rd

Congratulations to Alxys Chamberlain of Kingston, our 83rd Queen Annapolisa!

Alxys Chamberlain, the 20-year-old daughter of Kelly and Brent Chamberlain, is completing her BA in English and Psychology and minoring in Law and Society at Dalhousie University. Alxys graduated from West Kings District High School in 2013, receiving the Faculty Award and other scholarships. Alxys served on the Student’s Council for four years and was President her graduating year. She proudly completed all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh program and attended the Legion Leadership Training Camp. Alxys enjoys music, sewing, reading and playing multiple sports and now coaches local girls soccer. Her employment with the Kingston Day Camp has sparked her interest in becoming a teacher. Alxys’ passion for volunteerism has taken her in many directions, including assisting with Relay for Life, a national law competition, and in Peru with MEDLIFE, on a medical mission in 2014. Alxys is excited to represent Kingston and give back to her community. The Village of Kingston is so very proud that she has been named Queen of this years festival!

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Congratulations are also due, to Princess Aylesford, Amelia Johnston named 1st Lady in Waiting and Princess Port Williams Sarah MacKinnon named 2nd Lady in Waiting. Princess Windsor, Stephanie Boone, was named Miss Congeniality, and Princess Coldbrook, Taylor Swinimer, was named Miss Community Spirit.

Apple Blossom 5K run and 8 mile road race!

5k Fun Run for Juvenile Diabetes
2.4k Kids Fun Run
Wolfville 8 Mile Road Race

The Apple Blossom 5k Fun Run starts and finishes on Raymond Field Track and is flat and fast, so get ready for your own personal best!    Net proceeds from the 5K event go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation http://www.jdrf.ca/  An aid station is located near the halfway point on the Acadia Campus, with music and enthusiastic volunteers to keep you motivated!

The 2.4k Kids Run for Juvenile Diabetes is for children from ages 7-12, and donation is just a Toonie; all proceeds go towards supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation http://www.jdrf.ca/ .  This is a  flat 1.2k out and 1.2k back course on the Wolfville Rail Trail, beginning just north of Acadia’s Raymond Field.

Please pre-register for these events at raceroster.com 

Parents who register for the 5K Fun Run, can have a child participate with them free of charge.  Please note that although children participating with a parent will receive a numbered Bib only, their fun run will not be chip timed.

Sunday May 31, 2015  Acadia University Raymond Field

  • Wolfville 8 Miler: 08:30 start
  • 5k Fun Run for JDRF: 09:00 start
  • 4k Kids Fun Run: 11:00 start

Blossom Hike scheduled for May 29th

The Annual Blossom Hike has been scheduled for May 29th at 12:00 noon!  The blossoms are on schedule, and what better way to spend a Friday afternoon than in the Orchards?  Meet at the Kentville Research Station to participate in this guided tour.

Blossom Breakfast new event in ABF Line-up

Join the Kentville Kinsmen & AVR’S Mike Surrette broadcasting live from the 1st Kinsmen Apple Blossom Breakfast!  New this year to the ABF regular line-up, the Kinsmen Apple Blossom Breakfast event will kick off the weekends festivities and get you in the mood for celebrating!

Drop in and meet your Councillors, Mayors, local radio personalities, Festival representatives and other special guests while enjoying a delicious breakfast!  Taking place on Friday May 29th at the Kentville Rec Centre from 6 am- 10 am.  A free will offering gets you admission and a yummy plate of pancakes and sausage, coffee tea and juice.

Also enjoy a special visit from Queen Annapolisa and the 2015 Royal Party!

Pancake Breakfast

 

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo Crawling into 83rd ABF!

Come get up close & personal with some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures!  Little Rays is locally owned & operated here in Nova Scotia and takes a great deal of pride in delivering one of the most dynamic & interactive shows that you’ll experience – regardless of age!  The Apple Blossom Festival is so excitied to be welcoming Ray’s back to the festival line-up this year!  So come to Memorial Park in Kentville and check them out!

Ray’s is a privately funded zoo & the largest reptile rescue in Canada.  100% of the donations from this event go directly to the care of unwanted pets and to further educate the public.  For more information visit Ray’s website or call 1-902-253-2097.  You can also email halifax@raysreptiles.com

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Little Ray’s Apple Blossom Hours:

  • Thursday, May 28th  4pm – 10 pm
  • Friday, May 29th    Noon – 10 pm
  • Saturday, May 30th   9 am – 5 pm

Admission to exhibit: by donation

“Dr. Apple” to appear along Parade Route

Artist Ruth Abernethy has been working on creating a tribute portrait to honour scientist Charles Eaves, whose research extended the storage life of fruit allowing for more effective and efficient international shipping. Dr. Eaves’ methodology was eventually adopted by producers all around the world.

Chas C (2)The tribute art piece will consist of a bronze figure, bronze apple barrel with logo plus stacked apple cartons. The apple barrels and crates will have inscribed panels telling of the research, of fruit production in Nova Scotia, of Kentville’s Experimental Farm, and of Dr. Eaves himself.

The piece will sit at Kentville’s east end trail head park area, to be henceforth known as “Eaves Hollow”.  Appropriately enough, the bronze arrangement will be seen by all passing parade participants as it is only metres away from the main road along the east end of the Apple Blossom Festival’s Grand Street Parade Route.

Installation of the piece is scheduled for May 27th, and an official unveiling of the piece will take place on May 29th at 3:30pm.  Residents of the Valley and visitors to the area during Apple Blossom time are sure to be impressed by the piece, and all are encouraged to visit the site and learn more about “Dr. Apple”.   For more information contact the Town of Kentville @ 902-679-2549.

2015 Eastlink Apple Blossom Coverage Schedule

2015 Coronation Ceremony:

Locally on Channel 10 (Channel 5 in Kentville and Aylesford) High Def on Channel 610

  • Monday June 1st, 6:00 pm
  • Monday June 8th, 6:00 pm .

2015 Grand Street Parade:

Locally on Channel 10 (Channel 5 in Kentville and Aylesford) High Def on Channel 610

  • Monday June 1st, 8:00 pm
  • Monday June 8th, 8:00 pm
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