‘Stars line up’ for Bloom

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Posted: May 6, 2013

The Winchester Star

Ryan Dempsey, director of bands at Sherando High School, leads the school’s band through warm-up drills before the Grand Feature Parade Saturday morning. Local high school bands take turns leading off the parade, and this was Sherando’s year to be first in the line-up.
Former U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., honorary grand marshal for the 86th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, talks with festival president Lou Ann Thompson before riding in the Grand Feature Parade. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Twins Sophia and Olivia Williams, 18 months, of Winchester, sit on their dad Adam’s lap dressed in their Apple Blossom Festival attire at the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — The 2013 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will be memorable for many people, including the event’s organizers.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” LouAnn Thompson, the festival’s president,…



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