2015 Festival Theme: "Appily Ever After"

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

Family Duck Race – 2 PMIMG_0122

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!

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

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!

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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!

“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

ABF Twins with GWWF, UK

In 2012 the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival twinned with the Goosnargh & Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival(www.whitfestival.co.uk) in Goosnargh North-West England, which has created partnership opportunities for farmers, artisanal cheese makers, municipal councilors, and other service clubs. Queen Elizabeth recognized this historic twinning (Queen Elizabeth II letter on GWWF & ABF) as did Canada’s Federal Government (Federal GWWF proclamation) and the Nova Scotia legislature (Provincial Resolution May 2013). The ties between our two festivals, and the exchange of ideas, remains strong to this day.  Festival Twinning Proclamation

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