Mike Stanfield, President of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Inc.®, pinned Captain Doug Watson of the Winchester Police Department with the first Souvenir Pin for the 90th Festival. As in the past, the Festival recognizes a selected community individual to receive the first pin. Captain Watson has been the liaison between the Festival organization and the Winchester Police Department since 2009.
Below is a list of our previous ceremonial Festival pinnings:
2016: Arthur L. Dunlap, Past President
2015: Liz Minor
2014: Barry Lee
2013: David Thompson
2012: Vernon and Mary Ruth Joyner, Producer of Coronation of Queen Shenandoah
2011: (former)U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
2010: James O’Connor, Winchester City Manager
2009: James Davis, President Shenandoah University
2008: Tracy Fitzsimmons, President Shenandoah University
2007: Ben Dutton, Past President and Past Executive Director
2006: Janet and Jeanette Rhodes, Festival Volunteers; David Russell, Old Town Ambassador
2005: Terry Seal, City Works; Tom Hoy, Winchester Parks and Recreation
2004: Tracy Russillo, Virginia State Police; Gary Reynolds, Winchester Police Chief; Robert Williamson, Frederick County Sheriff
2003: Jennifer Gursky, Miss Apple Blossom Festival
2002: Chi Chi Kern, Participant in First Festival
2001: Lisa Melton, Miss Apple Blossom Festival
2000: Leanna Van Osten, President Senior Class, John Handley High School
1999: Benjamin Mitchell Arthur, Little Page in Court of LXXII, Great Grandson of Elizabeth Steck Arthur, First Festival Queen
1998: Ginny Trenary, Festival Employee for 34 years
1997: Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
1992: Charlie Hill
1991: Kenneth Stiles, Chairman Frederick County Board of Supervisors
1986: Ryland Connor
1985: Tom Baldridge. Former Director General of the Festival
1981: Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
1980: Carl Napps being sold a pin by Mike Srougi