Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival


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Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival

Five or six days beginning last week in May
Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley is widely known for its apple orchards, which begin to flower in late May or early June. The area's first Apple Blossom Festival was held in 1933 in the town of Kentville, but since that time it has grown into a nearly week-long celebration whose events are held throughout the 60 towns and villages of the Annapolis Valley. In addition to a children's parade, sporting events, tours to view the apple blossoms, apple pie baking and eating contests, and a cooking competition, the festival includes the crowning of "Queen Annapolisa," who is chosen from among 18 local princesses.
The festival is also designed to draw attention to the area's historic background as "The Land of Evangeline," the heroine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's long narrative poem about the expulsion of a group of Acadians and their subsequent settlement in Louisiana.
CONTACTS:
Apple Blossom Festival Committee
217 Belcher St.
Kentville, NS B4N 1E2 Canada
902-678-8322; fax: 902-678-3710
www.appleblossom.com
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 44
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