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By Mike Irwin and Marco Martinez

lossom Festival



The Food ♥

Sure, it’s mostly overpriced, and yes, it’s not the healthiest food you’ll ever eat, but darn it’s tasty. Whether your thing is Shishkaberries, handmade corndogs, barbecue sandwiches, Vietnamese or Thai food, elephant ears, piroshkies, taco salad (excuse me while I wipe the slobber off the front of my shirt) or those cute mini-doughnuts, this is the food junkie’s Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 all rolled into one, fried and then sprinkled generously with cheese. It’s an 11-day feast minus the guilt. So go ahead, hit the cash machine and loosen your belt one or two notches.


The Music ♥


Photos clockwise from top left: Mike Bonnicksen, Don Seabrook, Kathryn Stevens, Adam Jasinek

The Energy ♥

Apple Blossom has become more tame in recent years but still has a bit of a rowdy edge that’s almost like Mardi Gras but not quite. Some years we see a little bit too much downtown cruising. A little bit too much exuberance. A little bit too much skin. A little bit too much police presence. The festival, though, comes right when we need a holiday. Sunshine. Warmth. Tank tops and flip flops. Forget Memorial Day. Around here, Apple Blossom is the real kick-off to summer ... unless it’s raining.

Some of the best musical acts around — mostly local talent — play for free. Roll out a blanket on the lawn in front of the outdoor stage at Memorial Park and share a brick of curly fries with friends while listening to Kevin Jones (shown), CommonBond 5 or the Michael Carlos Band. Beyond the outdoor stage, some of the area’s top young musical talent is on full display as marching bands are liberally sprinkled among the youth and grand parade lineups.



May / June 2012

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