June 5th, 1947:
Community Work Produces "Most Artistic" Float:
Scores of Berwick People Contribute To Creating Prize-Winning Float In Apple Blossom Festival Parade, At Kentville, Saturday.
The Berwick float, which won first prize, a silver cup, for the most artistic float, representing "The Heart of The Apple Industry", was outstanding both for its beauty and for perfection of its artistic detail. The theme, originating with Mrs. Percy Chisholm, was carried out by the float committee - Mrs. W. E. Cholerton (convener), Mrs. Hiram Thomas, Mrs. Chisholm and Miss Dorothy Wilson, Wayne Earley, H. C. Lindsay, Charles Illsley, Waldo Lovelace and Earle Robinson - assisted by practically the entire town.
It was, in every sense, a community effort, and Mrs. Cholerton emphasizes the fact that so many co-operated so cheerfully and helpfully that it was a pleasure to be in charge of it. It would be impossible to mention all those who helped, but special mention, in addition to the committee, is made of a few. Hiram Thomas gave the use of the garage for days before the festival, where the work was carried on under cover and with plenty of room for all the workers. Dean Hennigar gave up his truck for several days, and his brother, Keith, drove the float. Grass for the platform was supplied by H. C. Lindsay. Cellophane was donated by A. E. Bezanson. Huge apples were constructed by Harry Cohoon and painted by Miss Dorothy Wilson. Side posters were painted by Rev. W. E. Cholerton, and "Berwick" by R. I. Cook. Garlands were supplied by Mrs. Harvey Margeson and a group of workers. Velvet curtains for the chair were provided by Mrs. A. D. MacKinnon. The basic framework of float and large heart were made by Wayne Earley and helpers. Apple blossoms, about 2300, were handmade by scores of people in Berwick - school children, St. Anthony's Guild, Red Cross, Women's Institute and by individuals all over town.
The framework of the float is permanent, and has been stored away for future use, which will be a decided advantage for other years.
The decorative apples were realistic in shape and colour, and they, the pink and white blossoms and pink hearts, covered entirely with paper and cellophane petals, made the float outstanding.
The committee names two other women who worked faithfully and were of great help and would like their names included - Mrs. A. E. Bezanson and Mrs. Ivan Cornwall. Many others gave generously of their time and energy.
The sweet little girls on the float, Betty Ann West and Patsy Patterson, wore long, pink-petalled dresses, with pink poke bonnets tied with blue streamers and with blue sashes, and added a real touch of beauty as they sat so quietly on the steps of the float, with pink cheeks and shining eyes getting a real thrill out of the occasion. One was overheard to say to the other, "We will look back on this all our lives".
To Mrs. Chisholm goes the credit of making their dresses and bonnets and dressing them so artistically.
To crown it all was the princess, Blossom Matthews, and Berwick was proud of her as she sat poised and lovely in pale blue dress against the background of the large pink heart.
When the float returned to Berwick, Saturday evening, it was met by the fire engine, Mayor Illsley and other citizens, and proceeded around the streets of the town so that nobody should miss seeing it. The two little girls, occupying the princess's chair and still smiling, held the silver cup between them.
Miss Peggy Chisholm was able to secure crepe paper (108 rolls) in Montreal, when it could not be obtained elsewhere. At one time, it was feared that the design would have to be given up on account of the shortage of paper. Other paper used amounted to 125 sheets.
Valley's Fifteenth Apple Festival Hailed As Best In History Of Big Event
Attendance Hits New Peak and Program Reaches Higher Degree Of All - "Round Excellence - "A Land To Love And Cherish", Premier MacDonald Tells Huge Sunday Afternoon Crowd At Grand Pre.
KENTVILLE, June 2 - Two days of ideal weather, attendance in excess of anything previously known, popular approval of the choice of as beautiful a queen as has ever worn the Festival crown, a brilliant festival ball, the most attractive street parade ever staged, a junior parade that set a new high mark in originality and beauty, a Sunday afternoon program at Grand Pre that reach - a new degree of excellence, and a concluding Sunday evening Sacred Concert that surpassed all similar former events combined in compelling recognition of the Fifteenth Annual Annapolis Valley Blossom Festival, last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as the most successful in the history of this annual Valley attraction.
Friday was rainy, but the two succeeding days were as bright and cloudless as could have been, with brisk breezes just sufficient to make everybody comfortable.
Despite the heaviest motor traffic in Festival history, no motor accident was reported. Traffic was under strict control by local police in Kentville, and by the Kentville RCMP detachment in Saturday afternoon's parade to Aldershot Military Camp, where Queen Annapolisa (Miss Gladys Miller, Annapolis Royal), was crowned at 3 o'clock, the tiara being placed upon her head by Hon. Harold Connolly, Minister of Industry and Publicity in the Nova Scotia Government, who spoke briefly in commendation of the Festival as a worthy Nova Scotia enterprise.
Capturing the award as the most artistic float in the street parade was Berwick's beautifully decorated truck, representing Berwick as "The Heart of the Apple Industry", and second prize in this class was awarded to Wolfville, for an artistic replica of the Acadian Church at Grand Pre. For the most representative float, first prize went to Kentville, and second prize in the class was awarded to Nova Scotia Sanatorium. Scotian Gold carried off first prize in the commercial class, with second place being taken by United Fruit Companies.
For most outstanding float, Canning and Annapolis Royal, respectively, won first and second prizes.
At Grand Pre, Sunday afternoon, Premier Angus L. Macdonald, in a short address said: "This is a land of great beauty and rich tradition. May it always remain to us, as it was to our fathers, a land to love and cherish, a land rich in the great events of the past, richer still in the hope and promise of its future."
Seated on the stand in front of the re-constructed Acadian Church were the Festival Queen, and princesses from Berwick, Digby, Middleton, Canning, Port Williams, Hantsport, Kentville, Windsor and Wolfville. Each was introduced to the audience, which was estimated to consist of 10,000 or more people. Greetings to all were extended by Mayor Gladys M. Porter, Kentville; Mayor C. W. Fairn, Wolfville; Mayor E. S. Illsley, Berwick; and D. D. Sutton, M.L.A., for Kings County.
One of the outstanding features of the afternoon's program was the Waterville Male Chorus of 28 voices, with Mrs. A. D. MacKinnon, who organized and trained the singers, directing four numbers, one being the new "Valley Song, composed by C. D. Goodwin, Kentville, and sung publicly for the first time. Wolfville Cadet Band, directed by Rex Porter, was credited with adding greatly to the pleasure of the afternoon.
At Aldershot Saturday afternoon, attendance was estimated at more than 5,000, persons, and 1,000 cars, while an estimated 15,000 lined the route of march through town from Experimental station, where the parade started, and two miles beyond the town limits to Aldershot.
Despite the unprecedented crowds in evidence all through Saturday and Sunday, a rainy Monday morning Kentville Police court docket contained not one charge of drunkenness. Usually, there are several.