Blossomtime Parade – Alyson Wendzel
Well the end of my senior year of high school is very near and although I am really excited to begin a new chapter of my life at college, I will miss a lot about high school. While the end of the year senior activities have most definitely kept me busy, in the midst of everything going on, I was able to attend the Blossomtime Parade on Saturday, May 7. We were blessed that the weather cooroporated because it ended up being a beautiful and perfect day for the parade.
The Blossomtime Parade is a parade near and dear to my heart. The parade takes place in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor Michigan, which is near my hometown of Watervliet. It is also the oldest and largest multi-community festival in the state of Michigan. Blossomtime started out as and continues to be a festival to honor and celebrate the agriculture of Southwestern Michigan. The area has long been known for flavorful peaches, sweet grapes, melons, vine ripened tomatoes, cherries, and of course most importantly a wide variety of apples. The festival calls people from all over the state and also many people from Chicago. I have attended every single parade since I was born so being able to ride on a float and represent Michigan apples as the Apple Queen was an honor. Before the parade started, I walked around and had the chance to see some of the beautiful floats and other entries. I was even able to say good luck to my marching band before the parade started. During the parade, I saw so many familiar faces and I felt like a celebrity while I was on the float. It was such a great experience being able to represent Michigan apples at such a beautiful and well known parade!