The official website of the 2019
Apple Blossom Festival
St. Joseph, Missouri

-o- The third oldest apple blossom festival in the United States -o-

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2019 theme and logo

Pageant details/entry forms

Parade details/entry

2018 and earlier parade pix

Parade history

Previous parade themes

float2This is just one of several floats and vehicles representing the Mexican-American focus of the 2018 parade..

The t-shirt says it all, with smiles to boot.

mom and baby
It's tough for our littlest spectators to stay awake even when

LavelleClearly, LaVelle Rucker, mother of state senate candidate Martin Rucker, is among his most ardent supporters.

mom and babyThe family that watches the Apple Blossom Parade together has fun (and candy) together.

characterMustaches and panchos seemed to be a tip of the hat to the stereotyped Mexican. Lots of women sported both.

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These members of the St. Joseph Griffons Hockey Club are supporting their team on and off the ice. The club offers five age groups that compete October through February in the Kansas City Youth Hockey League

The 2018 Apple Blossom Parade featured several floats like this one, which harken back to the heyday of the parade. This year's theme, "Olde Tyme Apple Blossom," is encouraging more of this superior quality of floats for 2019.


Welcome to the official website of the 2019 Apple Blossom Festival. This site will provide you everything you need to connect to the Apple Blossom pageant and parade.

Both Pageant and Parade entries now being accepted

Apple Blossom Pageant
Time's a waistin', and the deadline is February 25 to enter the the 2019 Apple Blossom Pageant, which is scheduled for March 10 at the Missouri Theater. Click here to go to the Pageant page and get more details plus your downloadable entry form.

Stephanie Kirk, daughter of Jodalyn and Robert Gadwood, was crowned 2018 Apple Blossom Queen at the Missouri Theater on March 10, 2018. Winning the title of Junior Queen was McKenzie Black, daughter of Shea and Yvonne Black. The Princess crown went to Gwendolyn Oswald, daughter of Heather and Jay Oswald.


Parade theme
Our theme for 2019 is "Olde Tyme Apple Blossom Parade." As the third oldest Apple Blossom Parade in the nation, we're proud of our heritage and history. And we're anxious to see how parade entries will use the theme to guide their decorations of floats and vehicles.

Deadline for Apple Blossom Parade entries is April 18 for the May 4 Parade. Click here to go to the Parade page where you'll find lots of information, including tips on decorating your floats and vehicles. The page also includes a link to a downloadable entry form.

IMPORTANT: Click here for instructions for parade entries on the day of the parade.


Made with Uncommon Character teams up with the Apple Blossom Barbecue
The 2019 Apple Blossom BBQ is being led by the Made with Uncommon Character team. Come and enjoy all the fan favorites from previous barbecues, including the beer tent, of course.

To find out more, just click here.

AB Team horses
Moila clowns (left) are a perfect match for these members of the Apple Blossom Team. And the horse-drawn carriage carries several members of the Apple Blossom Team down Frederick — marking the end of another great parade.


Contact us if you are interested in serving on the Apple Blossom Committee or if you have questions not answered on this website. The Apple Blossom phone number is 816.261.0422. Please leave a message. Another option is to email Executive Director Michelle Wolfe or Apple Blossom President Ken Rosenauer by clicking the links at the bottom of this page..

Click on links at the right for pages covering both the pageants and parade, entry forms for both, and photos and information about previous Apple Blossom festivals.

Special thanks to these local businesses that help make the Apple Blossom better:

Email Apple Blossom Executive Director Michelle Wolfe

For issues involving this website, email Webmaster Ken Rosenauer


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