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Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival

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 Apple Blossom Festival is a five-day 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. More...
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Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival
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 Apple Blossom Festival is a five-day 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.
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The History of the Apple Blossom Festival

- Early colonists from Europe introduced the sweet scent of apple blossoms to the Annapolis Valley as they brought seeds, grains, fruits, and vegetables to the new land.
- A plaque on the reconstructed gristmill in Lequille, Annapolis County, notes the site as the first “farm”.
- From the 1600’s on, production of apples was an industry with both the Planters and later the Loyalists planting orchards up and down the Valley.
- In peak years, nearly 3 million barrels of apples were harvested, valuable crops indeed!
- The aroma of the blossoms in May and June, along with the natural beauty of the bloom, made the advent of spring even more of an occasion.
- Local boards of trade and community councils had talked of a spring carnival at blossom time but not until 1933 did talk turn into action.
- Original objectives of the Festival were to make the Valley’s apple industry better known throughout North America and Europe; to publicize the scenic beauty of the area and the historical background of Longfellow’s Land of Evangeline and to provide an opportunity to foster and develop local talent through participation in Festival event.
- The Apple Blossom Festival annually opens Nova Scotia’s tourist season and continues to enjoy national and international recognition.
- In 1988 and 1991, the American Bus Association selected it as one of the Top 100 tourist events in North America.
- In 2001, Canada Post named the Festival as one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Canada and simultaneously released the Apple Blossom Festival Stamp in 2001 for the 69th Festival. In 2002, the Royal Canadian Mint presented the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival – the 2002 50-Cent Sterling Silver Coin.

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