KENTVILLE - The Apple Blossom Festival parade is officially staying put.
The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival and Town of Kentville issued a joint press release late in the afternoon March 7 to announce that the two parties had officially formed an agreement.
Interim festival spokesperson Alxys Chamberlain was unavailable for comment, but released a prepared statement for the media.
"The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival Board of Directors is looking forward to working with the Town of Kentville to make the 85th annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom celebration a success. As a volunteer board we have a great deal of work ahead of us and we are eager to move forward with our parade and event preparations,” the statement reads.
“We would like to thank those members of the public who shared their thoughts via email, phone calls and social media. The board listened to, and read, every comment.
The festival’s organizers expressed interest in hosting both the main and children’s parades in Kentville, Town of Kentville CAO Mark Phillips told Kings County News in an interview prior to the formal announcement.
He added that the “spirit” of the agreement is positive, with only a few minor changes.
“It captures the discussions we’ve been having with them so I think its content is positive.”
In mid-February, the festival’s board of directors announced that the Grand Street Parade would be moving to New Minas this year in an effort to spread Apple Blossom events throughout the Valley.
The Town of Kentville, a longtime host of the street parade, received an outpouring of support on social media following the announcement as several festival fans lamented about the proposed location change.
Noting the public backlash, the New Minas village commission recently reversed its decision to accept an offer to host the Apple Blossom Festival’s signature parade.
Please note that this story was updated following the official announcement to reflect that a final decision has been made.