Shenandoah Apple Blossom Fest Kicks Off April 22

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So let's take stock. Carnival? Check. Wine festival? Check. Talent show? Check. Tennis competition? Check. Fire truck rodeo? Sure, why not?

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival pretty much has any type of small town-style fun you could want to have, and then some. It's all happening April 22 to May 1 in Winchester, Virginia.

Events run the gamut from an Apple Blossom's Got Talent! competition to a midway chock full of rides and games, plus that wine fest we mentioned: two days (April 22-23) featuring 20 Virginia wineries and serving as the official kickoff for the 89th annual Apple Blossom Festival.

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Other notable events include tasting and orchard tours of Winchester Cider Works, an Oldies Rock 'n' Roll Dance, an apple pie-baking contest, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah, and a fire truck rodeo with a display of new and antique firefighting equipment.

Winchester is far enough that you'll feel like you're getting away from everything, but not so far that you'd need to stay the night... unless you're really interested in that wine festival, anyway. Plan for about a two-hour trip if you're driving from downtown D.C. on a Saturday or Sunday.

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