The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® has never shied away from change. Over the past twenty years, in addition to “inventing” many new and successful events, the Festival has constantly examined existing events, giving them everything from a minor tweak to a major freshening-up. Starting last year, major changes were made to the Festival’s ever-popular Anthony’s Pizza Weekend-in-the-Park event. The largest change was the moving of the Wells Fargo Arts and Crafts Show back to its original position along the winding, wooded trail leading out through the Park. This necessitated the re-positioning of several of the event’s other major “areas:” the Monkey Joe’s Children’s Funday, the Safelite Auto Glass Car Show, and the Weekend-in-the-Park Midway.
Change begets change; and, in 2015, the event’s major outdoor performance area will be shifted to the terrace outside of and behind the War Memorial Building, which creates a very nice and very accessible outdoor stage area. This year’s headline act will be the Robbie Limon Band, featuring the only 2015 Festival performance by local sensation, Robbie Limon. And, in the most exciting Weekend-in-the-Park news of this year, the Subaru Adventure Show will be moving into the area “on top of the hill,” between the Children’s Funday and the Car Show. Enthusiasm is high at this new Weekend-in-the-Park entertainment area; and, several large corporate Sponsors have come forward to participate, ensuring a high level of excitement and professionalism.
The new Subaru Adventure Show will feature the Subaru Leave No trace Team and the LL Bean Bootmobile. In addition, more than ten other major exhibitors will participate including: Trout Unlimited, with casting demonstrations; Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center with zip line demonstrations; Potomac Appalachian Trail Club; North Carolina Outward Bound School; Bicycle Outfitters; Element Sports; River Riders; Mountain Trails; and, Wagon Wheel. With the possibility of more major exhibitors signing on in the next month, Festival Organizers feel that a major new Weekend-in-the-Park entertainment area has been established!
Subaru is involved with the “Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics” through its sponsorship of the Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Traveling Trainer Team East and Team West hold outdoor classes at National Parks and Forests, colleges and universities, trade shows and even retail centers, where they provide instruction on the principles of “Leave No Trace,” a philosophy that asks users of the Great Outdoors to “Leave No Trace” behind them when they have finished with their outdoor activities. The outreach and training programs are custom-tailored to the audience, from youth groups to experienced hikers. An international set of ethics [“Principles of Leave No Trace”] is at the heart of the training: plan ahead and prepare; travel and camp on durable surfaces; dispose of waste properly; leave what you find; minimize campfire impacts; respect wildlife; and, be considerate of other visitors. Follow the work of Team East and Team West by reading their “Notes from the Field” at www.subaru.com under Outdoor Life and Mountain. The site will also lead to the Traveling Trainers’ Calendars and the “Leave No Trace” web site.
The world-famous LL Bean Bootmobile is built on the frame of a Ford F250 pickup truck. The shoelaces are 12-strand braided mooring cable, capable of towing 106,000 pounds. If it were a real boot, it would be a size-747. The person wearing the boot would be 143 feet tall, 32 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty!