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

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


Northville Farm Tractor Pull & Show back on!

The 7th annual Northville Farm Tractor Pull & Show, cancelled due to rain on May 31, will now be held a week later, on June 7! The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and students and kids 12 and under are free. The Cookhouse will be open all day so come enjoy some ice cream and other delicious treats while you take in the excitement of the day.  Visit the Northville Farm website here.


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.

Music at Memorial Park for ABF 83!

Two full nights of awesome sound will kick off the nighttime fun for Apple Blossom 2015.  We’re ready to rock and roll, so let’s pack the hill and have a time!


Thursday, May 28, 6:00 pm: VALLEY MUSIC NIGHT

Celebrate with ABF at 89.3 K-Rock’s Valley Music Night at Kentville Memorial Park! Thursday Night features a free concert starting with performances from music students from across the Valley… a drumline, mass choirs, concert bands, jazz bands, and some fun surprises. Then, party with Bluesmobile, the Valley’s biggest and best dance band! 15 members to fill the Park with a sound you won’t forget. Fun Fact: 89.3 K-Rock’s Uncle D is a member! The show is outdoors, all ages, and admission is free! Bring a blanket or a chair. See the full line-up at 893krock.com!

Friday, May 29, 6:30 pm: 7TH BIRTHDAY BASH

Party with us at 89.3 K-Rock’s 7th Birthday Bash at Kentville Memorial Park! Free concert featuring Valley favourite, Eddy’s Basement, headliners, Fleetwood Mix, an amazing Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Apple Blossom fireworks, and… birthday cake! Big shout-out to our sponsors who are helping us amp up the party in a big way: Summit Hyundai, Howard Little Excavating, and Tri-County Waste Management! The show is outdoors, all ages, and admission is free! Bring a blanket or a chair. Meet the bands at 893krock.com!

The ducks are ready to get quackin!

The annual Apple Blossom Duck Race hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Wolfville and New Minas, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters is a principal fundraiser for community & international projects.  The duck race is a wholesome, fun-filled, family event, featuring two exciting races!

Barbecue and Children’s Activities – 12 PM

Corporate Duck Race – 1 PM

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For more information: Visit the site!

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!

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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


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.

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