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Apple Blossom Festival 2012 Sound of Speed Air Show, International Edition and the

May 4, 5 and 6

A St. Joseph tradition

Apple Blossom parade heads down Frederick May 5 St. Joseph News-Press

The Apple Blossom Parade rolls down Frederick Avenue beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 5. The theme this year is “Destination St. Joseph.” Brig. Gen. Steve Cotter will serve as grand marshal for the 2012 Apple Blossom Parade. Gen. Cotter is the former commander of the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Memorial Airport. He now serves as assistant adjutant general — air, for the Missouri National Guard at the Missouri Joint Force Headquarters in Jefferson City. “With our theme encompassing the Sound of Speed Airshow International Edition, we feel that Gen. Cotter is a perfect representative,” Apple Blossom Executive Director Michelle Wolfe says. Cotter is homegrown, graduating from Missouri Western State University and focusing the majority of his career at Rosecrans. In his current role, he is responsible for strategic planning of Air National Guard operations to ensure mission viability for Missouri Air National Guard force structure. Gen. Cotter also assists the adjutant general in implementation of plans and policies affecting an airlift wing, bomb wing, air operations group, advanced airlift tactics training center, air traffic control and combat communications squadrons and other support missions and programs affecting more than 2,500 Air National Guard personnel. Gen. Cotter received his commission through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, Knoxville, Tenn., in 1976, followed by attendance at United States Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training, Craig Air Force Base, Ala., receiving his United States Air Force pilot wings in June of 1977. He has served on numerous military tours and deployments, supporting airlift commitments around the world that include operations Volant Oak, Coronet Oak, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. “The choice for grand marshals was really a no-brainer, given our theme and the ties to both events,” Apple Blossom President Ken Rosenauer says. “Like most residents, we’re proud of our heritage as the home of the 139th. As St. Joseph’s favorite parade for the past 11 years, based on the Readers’ Choice Awards, the Apple Blossom is an excellent opportunity for the community to give the 139th Airlift Wing the local recognition it deserves.” Also featured in the Apple Blossom Parade will be the winners of the Apple

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Blossom pageant — Queen Candace Jimenez, Junior Queen Isabella Higgins and Princess Allison Adkison — on a float that is sponsored by the Chamber Diplomats. Their attendants will ride a float sponsored by Archer Lawn Care. They are Queen First Attendant Mikala Smith Banks, Queen Second Attendant Nicole Teeter, Junior Queen first Attendant Cassandra Jimenez, Junior Queen Second Attendant Jessica Janorschke, Princess First Attendant Grace Feuerbacher and Princess Second Attendant Sage Nightingale. The parade will head west down Frederick to Ninth Street, turning one block south to Felix Street. Then it will go west on Felix to Fifth Street. Before the parade will be the 2012 YMCA Apple Blossom 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds benefit children’s programs supported by the YMCA. The 5K walk begins at 8:40 a.m., and the 5K run starts at 8:55 a.m. The Apple Blossom 5K Run/Walk will start at 36th Street and Frederick Boulevard and finish at Sixth and Angelique streets. Register at or at the Y, 233-YMCA.

Trevor Timmons guides the wheel of his pirate ship down Frederick Avenue in the 2009 Apple Blossom Parade.


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The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, pictured above, and the Canadian SkyHawks will perform parachute stunts at the Sound Of Speed Airshow.

Airshow features international acts this year By MARSHALL WHITE

above the runway at Rosecrans. For those who want to see a lot of fire and noise, don’t miss Neal Darnell’s This year’s “International Edition” of Flash Fire Jet truck racing John Klatt’s the Sound of Speed Airshow May 5 and 6 Staudacher 300D. This event promises at Rosecrans Memorial Airport features pyrotechnics that will produce an exone of America’s fifth-generation fightploding wall of fire families will never ers, the F-22 Raptor, and a Canadian forget. woman walking the top wing of a 1940 The Canadian SkyHawks and the U.S. Navy Stearman bi-plane. The gates for Navy Leap Frogs will provide daring the free show will open at 10 a.m. on canopy formations. And a special treat Saturday and Sunday. will be delivered by the Navy Leap Frogs Flying in from Langley Air Force demonstrating their skill with highBase, Va., Maj. Henry Schantz will be altitude free-fall flights where jumpers piloting an F-22 Raptor to this year’s air reach speeds of 120 mph and accelerate show and promises a mind-boggling exup to 180 mph by pulling their arms to hibition of the fifth-generation fighter’s their sides and straightening their legs. combat capabilities. Visitors can expect to see all the para“The plane’s straight up ready to go to chutists land on their targets. war,” Schantz says. In between the acts in the air, visiThis jet can flip on its back, fly backtors will be able to see dozens of static wards and do a controlled 360-degree exhibits from the U.S. military and other turn, he says. allied nations. Known as Schadow to his fellow Visitors will have 34 acres of additionpilots, Schantz will bring the stealth al parking for this year’s show. fighter across the Rosecrans airfield at Because the show is on a military about 70 knots, hit the afterburners and base, there are, as always, prohibited climb straight up before coming back items. These include coolers, illegal down at mach 9 or a little faster. drugs, alcohol, spray paint, magic markTeamed with a World War II-era piser pens, pets, laser pointers, bicycles, ton engine workhorse, the P-51 Mustang, scooters, skates, skateboards, boom the F-22 will fly side by side for air show boxes and colored liquids. For details audiences. and exceptions, visit the Sound of Speed Carol Pilon, a Canadian daredevil website, with Third Strike Wingwalking and the Tombstone Riders, has promised a Wild Marshall White can be reached at marshall.white@newspressnow. com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPWhite. West extravaganza while she wing walks St. Joseph News-Press

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Carol Pilon, a wingwalker with Third Strike Wingwalking, will perform at the Sound Of Speed Airshow.

Maj. Henry ‘Schadow’ Schantz will fly into the airshow in the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft. Schantz will show off the F-22 Raptor’s handling and high-speed capabilities at the show.

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Jeff Gray of One Home Realty cooks barbecue chicken last year during the Apple Blossom Barbeque Contest at Civic Center Park in St. Joseph.

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Something’s cooking Barbecue contest back for a sixth year By KEVIN KRAUSKOPF St. Joseph News-Press

Mmmm ... barbecue. Parade, pageant and air show notwithstanding, the sixth annual Apple Blossom Barbeque Contest is sure to draw a big crowd of its own to Civic Center Park come May 4 and 5. That’s when about 60 teams will pit their best chicken, ribs, pork and brisket against some of the best competition from the Midwest and beyond. Organizer Tom Supple says teams are coming from as far as Florida, Texas and South Dakota, hoping to earn their share of $10,000 in prize money. Just don’t waste any time getting to the barbecue festival’s kick-off event or you risk missing out. The

People’s Choice Pork Loin Competition begins at 6:30 p.m. May 4. “And that’ll go until we run out of food,� Supple says. “Doesn’t take long in St. Joe.� It costs $5 to sample the meats and vote on Friday night’s winner, who earns a $1,000 prize. The contest’s main event, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, gets under way at noon May 5. A panel of certified judges will sample the teams’ chicken, ribs, pork and brisket from noon to 2 p.m. and announce their top choices at 3 p.m. Scores from the Apple Blossom Barbeque Contest help determine the Northern Missouri Grand Champion, who wins $1,500. While Supple says there’s more barbecue to go around Friday night, it’s still worth a second trip


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early Saturday afternoon. “A lot of times the teams will cook extra, and they’ll encourage people to try (the barbecue),� he says. Vendors will be on hand selling barbecue and related-items both days of the contest, and there will be a beer tent set up for those 21 and older. Local rock band Under the Influence will provide live entertainment starting at 8 p.m. May 4. The Sound of Speed Airshow performers will be in attendance, as well. For more information or to download an entry form, visit

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Building a better block Downtown has special activities for Apple Blossom weekend By CLINTON THOMAS St. Joseph News-Press

Better Block St. Joseph hopes to show visitors Downtown has more than meets the eye. The event will transform the 500 block of Felix Street with facade improvements, “pop-up” businesses and street performers to cater to crowds in town May 4 and 5 for the Apple Blossom Parade, Apple Blossom Barbeque Contest and the Sound of Speed Airshow. Organizers received applications for a variety of pop-up businesses, including ones selling coffee, screen-printed T-shirts, vintage clothing, a florist, a bicycle shop, art exhibits and others. Matt Unzicker, one of the event’s organizers, says he hopes Better Block shows people the area’s potential to provide a vibrant, livable community. “I hope they can see what used to be downtown and what could be there again,” Unzicker says. Representatives from Mo-Kan Regional Council, Downtown Association, the Art Department at Missouri Western State University, business owners, city officials, downtown residents and others have worked on the project since October. Stores will be open Friday afternoon and evening and all day Saturday. Clinton Thomas can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPThomas.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Triumph Foods present the

Apple Blossom Barbecue Contest



May 4th & 5th

CIVIC CENTER PARK May 4th - Triumph Foods People’s Choice Contest - 6:30 p.m. Adults $5, 12 and under $2 On Stage 8-11 p.m. “Under the Influence” 20th Anniversary Performance

May 4th (Continued) - Meet and Greet Air Show Pilots and Performers - 7:00-9:00 p.m. May 5th - KCBS Sanctioned Barbecue Competition


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