Things are a bit different, but Apple Blossom officially begins Thursday

Crews on Wednesday were setting up the Apple Blossom carnival at Wenatchee's Lincoln Park. The carnival opens Friday.

It still may feel a little strange, but the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival officially starts tomorrow.

The festival usually kicks off the last weekend in April but was pushed to June this year in the hopes COVID-19 restrictions would be eased by now.

Those restrictions, which led to the cancellation of last year’s festival, are indeed less stringent with most of the usual activities scheduled, though some have been modified.

The Memorial Park Food Fair opens Thursday at 11 a.m.

The Memorial Park Food Fair opens at 11 Thursday morning and runs through June 13. There will be fewer food vendors this year so they could be spaced out better. There also will be entertainment on the stage at the park beginning Thursday and the beer garden will be open.

The carnival begins operation Friday at noon and runs through June 13 at its new Lincoln Park location. The carnival was moved because the Town Toyota Center parking lot is still being used as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

The parades begin a week from Friday at 6 p.m. with East Wenatchee’s Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show.

That’s followed the next day by the Stemilt and Keyes Fibre Community Parade in Wenatchee beginning at 11 a.m.

That’s a combination of the Keyes Fibre Youth Parade and the Stemilt Grand Parade, usually held on separate days.

The parades will be broadcast live on the NCWLIFE Channel.

A complete calendar of festival events is available on the Apple Blossom website.