Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Barry Carper, is pleased to announce that former Washington Redskin-great, entrepreneur, and ESPN and the NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann will serve as Sports Marshal for the 2020 Festival and sponsored by Omps Funeral Home.
Joe graduated in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame, where he received All-American honors in both Football and Academics. That same year, he was runner up to Jim Plunket for the Heisman Trophy balloting. Joe chose to begin his career with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins.
A 12-year NFL veteran, Joe played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 for the Washington Redskins and holds Redskin records for passing yardage (25,206), completions (2,044) and attempts (3,602). He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and Pro Bowl MVP leading the Washington Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.
Joe was selected as the NFL’s Man of the Year in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. In 1983, he won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, leading the Redskins to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Joe Theismann’s career ended abruptly in 1985 after sustaining a badly broken leg during a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants on national television. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and in 2013 received the Walter Camp Football Foundation “Distinguished American” Award.
With every chapter of his life, Mr. Theismann evolved from athlete to the ultimate businessman. An Emmy award winning analyst, businessman and athlete, Joe utilizes his gifts, talent and high energy to share his strategies for handling unforeseen change.
Joe will release his book “How to Be A Champion Everyday” in July of 2020. In his new book, Joe shares his timeless wisdom with everyone, wisdom about how to succeed in life. Sprinkled with personal anecdotes, insightful observations about the world around us, and drawing on the examples of successful personalities throughout history, this book provides the guidance and spark for each one of us to improve our lives and achieve our dreams.
Insider’s Note: Best chances for the public to see Joe Theismann: Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 am and during the Glo Fiber Grand Feature Parade at 1 :30 pm on Saturday, May 2nd. A limited supply of Sports Breakfast tickets will be available at the Official Festival Store at 10:00 am on April 3rd.
It was an exciting evening of performances on Wednesday, Feb. 12, for the first round of auditions of the annual 2020 Anthony’s Pizza “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!” contest.
The Bright Box Theater hosted 24 acts, and 12 semi-finalists were chosen including Spontanea Band, Azure Wolf Band, Trinity Jenkins, Isabella McDevitt, Randy Martono-Chai, Ani Dyles, Raen Band, Mayley White, Jack Butler, Madison Starke, Taylah Bailey, and Paige Stickley.
Theresa Gaines, chair of the event which is part of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® to be held April 24 to May 3, reminds the public that there is just one more evening of auditions, which is slated for Wednesday, March 11 – register online, the deadline is March 7th.
Contestants who win at the two first-round auditions will compete in the semi-finals on Wednesday, April 8, and winners from that event will compete in the finals on Wednesday, April 29. The finals will be held during the 93rd festival whose theme is “Forever Apple Blossom.” All contests will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bright Box in downtown Winchester. Prizes awarded at the final event include first place, $2,000; second place, $1,000; and third place, $500.
Rules and guidelines are posted on our website. A sample of talent and background music (if needed) for audition must be included with the application. A URL or MP3 is needed for the application process.
Audience tickets for the March 13 auditions are $10 in the downstairs theater and $5 for the upstairs location.
Click here for registration and ticket information, or go to our contact page for phone, address and online form.
Apple Blossom Celebrates Love in All Forms - Highlighting the Authentic Side of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®
‘Forever Apple Blossom Memories’ campaign will allow visitors of all ages to share their heartwarming Festival memory with the world.
WINCHESTER, VA – The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® continues to draw visitors and locals alike to experience what the Festival has to offer. Led by passionate volunteers, the exuberant citizens of the City of Winchester and Frederick County literally paint the town pink and green to welcome springtime. For 92 years, the Shenandoah Valley has welcomed countless visitors from all parts of the country, and even the world to take part in our Festival. Historically, the Festival has been an amazing source of civic pride that showcases the Winchester-Frederick County community to the rest of the state and country.
Behind all of the festivities and grandeur, there are heartwarming memories and emotions that all began during Apple Blossom. This year, the 93rd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® plans to showcase that Virginia is for Lovers® and that a large supply of that love is created in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.
The ‘Forever Apple Blossom Memories’ campaign will kick-start marketing and awareness for the Festival through various social media posts and flyers alerting fans to go to thebloom.com to submit their Apple Blossom love stories on the new story submission page.
“Our organization is certain that the emotional and personal approach to marketing Apple Blossom will bring in new and older faces for 2020’s event,” Festival Executive Officer Brad Veach said. “The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® was established by hardworking volunteers passionate about our community and to this day that fact still stands. By highlighting the stories of the Festival, we aim to market our homegrown community event from a deeper point of view.”
“The ‘Forever Apple Blossom Memories’ campaign is a great opportunity to share your fond, personal Apple Blossom stories with us. Maybe you have a romantic love story where you met your significant other during a Festival event. What about your child’s first carnival experience? Remember that time you watched the parade with family and friends along one of Winchester’s historic streets? Or maybe you had one of those star-struck encounters with a guest celebrity. If your story is meaningful to you, it’s important to the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®. Submitted essays are also encouraged to be accompanied by images or even videos.”
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® will delineate, fact check, and organize all stories and images. Content will be used with the permission of the writer and used for both social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and as advertising for events on a full-page ad in the Official Festival Program.
While the 2-week Festival is host to over 40 events, carnival rides, sweet and sticky candy apples, pie-making contests, two parades, and more—the Festival invites new visitors and veteran attendees to have a deeper understanding of what the Festival truly represents, and what exactly it means to the community. Behind the pink and green façade, there is an even more beautiful and authentic meaning and purpose to Apple Blossom.
You too can submit your piece of Apple Blossom history to the Love Story section and add your precious memories to our rich history. Whatever your story may be, however old, however recent, we want to hear it! Share your Apple Blossom love stories with the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and visitors from around the world!
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of springtime and the apple blossoms in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley through events and initiatives that enhance community spirit and showcases our local agricultural heritage.