To repeat some phrasing previously used to describe the 2014 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®, “it is shaping up to be a wonderfully sentimental affair. This 87th Celebration of Springtime seems to be all about returning to roots, and dreams coming true, and the simple pleasures of being in the Land of Pink and Green.” It also appears to be about love; and, it appears that Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Lou Ann Thompson, had a little love left over from her 2013 Festival, “Love to Bloom.” Reaching into the incredibly popular world of reality television for the ultimate love-birds to serve as Grand Marshals of the 2014 Festival, Lou Ann is very pleased to announce that “The Bachelor,” Sean Lowe, and his lovely bride, Catherine, will serve as the Grand Marshals of this 87th version of the Nation’s Most Charming Springtime Festival.
Sean, 30, first appeared on television as a contestant in Season 8 of “The Bachelorette.” Sean was the third-place finalist during Emily Maynard’s season of the show; but, Lowe ended up being the fan favorite for that season. This became extremely obvious at the “Men Tell All” episode, when the female-filled audience went ballistic each time Chris Harrison said his name. Harrison even commented, “Alright, this is going to be a long show if every time I say, ‘Sean;’” but, he was drowned out by the screaming women. Although he did not win the heart of bachelorette, Emily Maynard, his overwhelming popularity and All-American-Boy charm were not lost on ABC television; and, they brought him back to star as “The Bachelor” from January to March 2013. Catherine Giudici was one of the 26 contestants during Sean’s season; and, in the season finale, Sean proposed to Catherine and she accepted. The two were married in Santa Barbara, California, this past January in a live ABC special entitled “Sean and Catherine’s Wedding.” On hand were a number of celebrities and former participants from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchises. Sean has also appeared on TV in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” In the spring of 2013 he and his partner made it to the semi-finals.
The 6’-3” Lowe was born in Arlington, Texas, to Jay and Sherry Lowe. He has an older sister, Shay. Lowe played football from a very young age and graduated from Lamar High School where he was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He later attended Kansas State University where he received a football scholarship and took part in the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game. He considers his greatest achievement to be earning a full scholarship to college through football. Lowe graduated with a B. S. degree in Social Science. Lowe teamed up with Andrew Shull on their college football team, and Shull eventually married Sean’s sister. After working in finance, he now owns a custom furniture business in Dallas, the city in which he and Catherine currently reside. Sean’s interests are strongly rooted in his love for his family, faith, fitness, and his charity work with the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Catherine, who just turned 28, grew up in Seattle. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2004 and earned a B. A. in advertising from Washington State University in 2008. She maintains a vegan blog after developing a passion for the vegan lifestyle while on a trip to Kenya. She also writes for the Seattilite website and, according to her biography, “owns Birkenstocks, rides the Metro, and loves the smell of rain.” Also, according to an Instagram post in April, Catherine is launching a line of stationery, placemats, and other “pretty things.” The line is called C. Lowe by Scarlet & Gold.
Sean and Catherine Lowe’s appearance at the 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® is sponsored by White House Foods, Inc.; and, the Festival deeply appreciates the participation of David and Paige Gum.