By Wendy Elliott
There is lively interest already in next year’s 82nd annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, at least among the two dozen people who turned out for the annual meeting in Kentville last week.
Eight princesses and Queen Annapolisa Michelle Saade, who represents New Minas, were in attendance the Oct. 23 meeting, along with board members and supporters.
A new president, Canning town crier Gary Long, and a new board of directors were chosen.
Outgoing president Rose Stevenson-Davidson said the Valley festival is fulfilling its vision of becoming the premier family festival in Canada.
She said the theme for this year, A Time to Celebrate, was well received. Stevenson-Davidson noted that the twinning initiative with an English festival is going well and “we have an enthusiastic volunteer team.”
Lisa Mitton gave credit to Greg White, who organized an outstanding children’s parade this year. It was the longest parade in an 80-year history of the event.
Kentville town crier Lloyd Smith praised the organizers of the Grand Street Parade. Incoming president Long volunteered to collect pointers from other large parade holders across the country.
Angela Pelton reported on a busy and memorable leadership program with visits to schools and long-term care facilities.
With careful monitoring, she added, the festival came in under budget. After a small deficit of $3,296 from the 2012 festival, treasurer Greg Miller reported that there is a $1,200 surplus this year.
He said a new silver patron helped bring about the surplus. The festival had revenues of $71,162, up from $68,107.
ENext year’s festival theme is Discover the Blossoms.
The new board of directors approved at the annual general meeting includes: Dwight Whynot, vice president; Stevenson-Davidson, past president; Miller, treasurer; Phyllis Crowe, secretary; and directors Blair MacMurtery, Angela Pelton, David Cunningham, Greg White, Lisa Mitton, Cathy Whynott and Lindsay Young.
The festival committee is always looking for new volunteers to contribute their time and energy to the festival. If you would like to contribute your time, see the website or send an email with your name, contact information and interest in the festival to email@example.com.