Hants County princesses ready to ‘Discover the Valley Blossoms’

Ashley Thompson
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Published on May 30, 2014

Town Crier Lloyd Smith led the procession into the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival.

Published on May 30, 2014

Princess Coldbrook Courtney Nickerson, Princess Canning Kristen Bennett, Princess Berwick Reanne Little, Princess Aylesford Molly Thomson, Princess Annapolis Royal Caitlin Bridson-Pateman, Princess Windsor Allison Boyd, Queen Annapolis the 81st Michelle Saade and their RCMP attendant stand for the start of the Apple Blossom Festival’s opening ceremony in Windsor.

Published on May 30, 2014

Windsor-based Dare to Dream dancers aged eight to 18 performed an Alice in Wonderland piece at the opening ceremonies kicking off the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival. 

Published on May 30, 2014

Hants West MLA Chuck Porter presented Town Crier Lloyd Smith with a resolution that Porter read during the spring session of the legislature to recognize Smith as the longest serving town crier in North America.

Published on May 30, 2014

Queen Annapolis the 81st Michelle Saade, centre, cuts the ribbon to signify the opening of the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival. 

Published on May 30, 2014

Princess Hantsport Christine Spurr mingles with Princess Coldbrook Courtney Nickerson and Princess Aylesford Molly Thomson. 

The 82nd annual Apple Blossom Festival is well underway.

Apple Blossom princesses of the past and present gathered in Windsor May 28 for the official opening of the 2014 festival themed “Discover the Valley Blossoms.”

Festival president Gary Long said the festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s oldest and best-known community celebrations.

“Amazingly, the Apple Blossom Festival is celebrating 82 years this year, an unbroken chain of community spirit, economic development, agricultural achievements and festival fun,” said Long.

Long said the spring is an exciting time in the Valley, a place rich with warm hospitality, quality local food and beautiful landscapes.

“We have learned that at the end of May the Annapolis Valley is the best place to be in this country,” he said. “I think it’s the best place to be all of the time.”

Representing the Town of Windsor, Coun. Laurie Murley said nine princesses from the Little Town of Big Firsts have gone on to be crowned Queen Annapolisa in the leadership competition since 1933.

Addressing a sizeable crowd peppered with newly crowned princesses and some of their predecessors, Murley thanked the women for representing their communities with poise.

“You have been, and continue to be, great ambassadors for our Valley.”

For a list of Apple Blossom Festival events, visit: www.appleblossom.com

Organizations: Apple Blossom Festival, Apple Blossom Festival Committee

Geographic location: Windsor, Canada, Annapolis Valley Little Town Apple Blossom Festival

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