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Dan Kelly, assistant manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association talks to Apple Blossom Royalty (from left) Princess Maggie Chvilicek, Queen Emily Abbott, and Princess Madi Still.

Dan Kelly, assistant manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association talks to Apple Blossom Royalty (from left) Princess Maggie Chvilicek, Queen Emily Abbott, and Princess Madi Still.

Washington State Apple Blossom royalty visited the Washington Apple Commission this week to learn all about the apple industry.
The royalty met with staff of the Apple Commission, the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, the Washington State Horticultural Association, and the Good Fruit Grower magazine who are based in the Apple Commission building.

The annual Washington State Apple Blossom Festival has been held in Wenatchee, Washington, since 1920. The Stemilt Growers Grand Parade will take place on May 4. Attorney and orchardist Dale Foreman, who has been named the 2013 Apple Citizen of the Year, will ride in the parade. Foreman and his family operate Keystone Ranch in Entiat, Washington, which comprises 2,000 acres of apples, pears, and cherries. Involved in the the operation are his daughter Mari and husband Alan Groff; daughter Ann and husband Kyle Hendrickson; and son James and wife Allison.

Foreman served on the board of the Washington Apple Commission from 2001 to 2013. He has also been a trustee of the U.S Apple Association.