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The official website of the 2020
Apple Blossom Festival
St. Joseph, Missouri

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

Site guide

2020 theme and logo

Pageant details/entry forms

Parade details/entry

2018 and earlier parade pix

Parade history

Previous parade themes

policeSeveral of St. Joseph's finest motorcycle officers always lead off the Apple Blossom.

This Mom and her toddler enjoyed the
parade from a prime spot along Noyes Boulevard.

This Lafayette High School trombonist was
part of the All-City Band, which won Best Band honors in 2019.

RoyaltyOur 2019 Apple Blossom royalty (from left) are Queen Kassie Sears, Princess Nealeigh Ziolowski, and Junior Queen Victoria Felder.

AllisonsThese girls -- along with all those in the
parade from Allison's School of Dance --
sport T-shirts with parade theme logos,
tiaras, and happy faces.

dogsDogs have replaced horses as the new favorite parade animal. It has been several years since horses participated in the Apple Blossom -- generally to the relief of any walkers who followed them.

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These two are among the youngest participants in the parade, and they ride in style in a current version of the famed Radio Flyer wagon.

This entry by the Dance Arts Center in the 2019 Apple Blossom Parade was hands down the best of the best, winning it Best of Parade.We're hoping to
see even more of this high quality entry in 2020.


Welcome to the official website of the 2020 Apple Blossom Festival. This site will provide you everything you need to connect to the Apple Blossom pageant and parade.

Apple Blossom Pageant and Parade have been delayed.

Pageant entries now being accepted. NEW DEADLINE is May 1

Apple Blossom Pageant
Some people think that pageants are Old School, that their time has passed. Not the Apple Blossom Pageant! It's still a great opportunity for young women to develop poise and public speaking while competing for college scholarships.

The NEW deadline is May 1 to enter the the 2020 Apple Blossom Pageant, which is scheduled for March 21 at the Missouri Theater. Click here to go to the Pageant page and get more details plus your downloadable entry form.

Kassie Sears was crowned 2019 Apple Blossom Queen at the Missouri Theater on March 21, 2019. Winning the title of Junior Queen was Victoria Felder. The Princess crown went to Nealeigh Ziolowski. 

Parade theme
Our theme for 2020 is "Telling Our Stories." 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.

We chose this theme for two reasons. One, it is a great idea for entries to use in designing their floats and vehicles. Second, it celebrates the St. Joseph News-Press in its 175th year of publication. As our 2020 corporate sponsor, the News-Press joins us also in celebrating St. Joseph and all of Northwest Missouri in our annual rite of spring -- the Apple Blossom Parade!

Deadline for Apple Blossom Parade entries is May 17 for the June 6 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 2020 Apple Blossom BBQ is being led again 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 by clicking the link 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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