2014 Festival Theme: "Discover the Valley Blossoms"

Cheers to Nova Scotia

Cheers to Nova ScotiaStephanie and David Butters celebrating the twinning of the festivals and remembering the wonderful hospitality by sharing the special bottle of wine presented to them at the Welcome Reception held at the Churchill House , Hantsport, May 26, 2013.

Eastlink Apple Blossom Coverage Schedule

Eastlink will be airing the Coronation Ceremony again on Monday June 9 and June 16 throughout the Maritimes at 6pm (locally on channel 10, Channel 5 in Kentville and Aylesford), as well as in High Def on channel 610.

The Parade will also air on June 9 and 16 at 8pm each night—channel 610 in HD.
Both events are currently being placed OnDemand

We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the 82nd Festival. Enjoy the highlights!

Congratulations to the 82nd Queen Annapolisa

Queen Annapolisa

Congratulations to Caitlin Bridson-Pateman of Annapolis Royal. The 82nd Queen Annapolisa

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First Lady in Waiting Allison Boyd of Windsor

Christine Spurr

Second Lady in Waiting Christine Spurr of Hantsport

Spurrell, Amy Kingston ABF 2014_6846

Miss Congeniality Amy Spurrell of Kingston

Nickerson, Courtney Coldbrook ABF 2014_5823

Miss Community Spirit Courtney Nickerson of Coldbrook

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81st Children’s Parade

Dan D Apple and Chester Cheetah

2014 celebrates the 81st year of the Apple Blossom Children’s Parade.

Sponsored by Frito Lay Canada

ABF Twins with GWWF, UK

Great story for ABF 80th in 2012. Two delegates (at least) from ABF will be attending the Goosnargh & Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival(www.whitfestival.co.uk) in Goosnargh North-West England for their ceremonies after our ABF. Then GWWF will attend ABF in 2013. All individuals are paying their own way for this while spreading the news on Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley.

Read the story from the Longridge News

Another article from Longridge News on the twinning

Letter From Queen Elizabeth II

Click to view a letter from Queen Elizabeth II

Provincial Resolution

Click to view the Resolution from the Province which was presented by MLA Jim Morton in May 2013.

Festival Twinning Proclamation 2012

The twinning Proclamation for the Goosnargh Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival to Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.

Festival Twinning Proclamation

The Twinning Proclamation for the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival to Goosnargh Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival.

GWWF Queen To Attend ABF

As part of the twinning of the two festivals delegates from the Goosnargh & Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival attended the 2013 festival here in the Annapolis Valley. One of those attending was Chloe Collin who was the 2013 GWWF Queen.

Read the full story here

Festival Twinning Proclamation in Canadian Parliament

Festival Twinning Proclamation in Nova Scotia Legislature

Apple Blossom Press Release-GWWF Wall Hanging

Maria's Wall Hanging StellaGarryHelenaRoseThis spring, we celebrated 81 years as a premiere festival, commemorating agriculture, and the apple industry in particular: the past, present and future in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.

Our Valley communities have been shaped both culturally and economically by agriculture, as have the communities involved in the Goosnargh Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival (GWWF).  Twinning our festivals was the completion of the circle and it has given both regions wonderful opportunities to share, learn, and grow from this new relationship. The twinning has afforded us with several cultural and economic connections.

On the evening of December 3, 2013 we were pleased to have Helena and Garry McCay accept a special wall hanging created by Maria Peel to mark the twinning of our festivals. Helena and Garry were official delegates from the Annapolis Valley Festival at the twinning ceremony in Goosnargh in 2012 and they played an integral role in the success of the GWWF visit to Nova Scotia this spring. The hanging shows the three village churches of St Francis RC, St Mary’s CE and Trinity Methodists surrounding children dancing around a maypole.

Maria's Wall Hanging from GoosnarghA special thanks to Stella Roy [Rotary District Governor Elect 2014/15for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, St Pierre et Miquelon (District 7820)] for safely delivering the wall hanging to the McCay’s. Stella recently visited the GWWF delegation in the UK to discuss Rotary linkages and potential youth exchange programs.

We look forward to exploring future cultural and economic collaborations with our “Twin Festival” to raise the profile of our regions for tourism and trade, for the creation of youth exchange programs and other opportunities to learn from each other and to benefit our young leaders of the future.

Respectfully submitted:

Rose Stevenson-Davidson

AVABF Past-President

Eastlink TV Broadcasts

The 2013 Coronation Ceremony and the 2013 Grand Street Parade are now available on demand to Eastlink Digital Customers.

One of the Top 100 North American Events for 2012

American Bus Association

80th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, May 30 – June 4, 2012 is very pleased to have been selected as one of the Top 100 Events for 2012.

The prestigious American Bus Association has selected the festival to be included in list this year.

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