Apple Blossom Court visits the State Capitol

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February 26, 2020

2020 Apple Blossom Royalty on Senate Rostrum

The 2020 Apple Blossom Royal Court (from left to right): Princess Kelly Norland, Queen Tess Sparks, and Princess Kaia St. John.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

During the legislative session, I always enjoy seeing individuals or groups from the 12th District who come to Olympia. It was a special treat for me on Tuesday to meet with the members of the 2020 Apple Blossom Royal Court during their visit to the Capitol: Queen Tess Sparks, Princess Kelly Norland, and Princess Kaia St. John.

"Apple Blossom Day” at the Capitol is a highlight for me each legislative session because of the opportunity to host our festival ambassadors and help promote the Wenatchee Valley. The queen and princesses continued their Capitol visit tradition by meeting our 12th District representatives, Mike Steele and Keith Goehner, Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, and others. I also had the opportunity to introduce our Apple Blossom ambassadors to some of my legislative colleagues. Like so many of you, I look forward to attending the 101st annual Apple Blossom Festival with my family. This year's festival starts April 23rd and ends May 3rd.

Sen. Hawkins interviews 2020 Apple Blossom Court

I enjoyed interviewing the Apple Blossom Royalty during its visit to the Capitol.

2020 Apple Blossom Royalty Capitol videos

I enjoyed interviewing the queen and princesses in the Capitol Rotunda about their visit to the Capitol and the Apple Blossom Festival. Once again, the Royal Court’s visit to Olympia included the debut of its “royalty song” about the festival. Click here to watch the video of the interview, and click here to watch them perform this year's song.

Apple Blossom Royalty preregisters to vote

Secretary of State Kim Wyman pre-registered the Royal Court to vote.

Secretary of State pre-registers Royalty to vote

Soon after the Apple Blossom Court arrived at my office, I escorted Tess, Kelly, and Kaia to the Legislative Building to meet with Secretary of State Wyman. I arranged for our state's chief elections officer to personally pre-register them to vote, as allowed by state law for 16- and 17-year-olds. This part of the Court's annual visit to Olympia is always a highlight for me because I know these three talented young ladies will be participating in our election process and issued ballots once they turn 18. The queen and princesses then had meetings with Representatives Goehner and Steele before watching in the Senate Gallery as the Senate passed my resolution honoring this year's Apple Blossom Festival. After meeting with Lieutenant Governor Habib in his office, the Royal Court wrapped up its visit to the Capitol by joining me for a live phone interview with KPQ's The Agenda show.      

Although it has been only a few weeks since the selection pageant, our royalty were fabulous ambassadors for the festival during their busy day in Olympia. My official Senate resolution is below. I encourage everyone to participate in and enjoy this year’s festival.

2020 Senate resolution honoring Apple Blossom Festival

My Senate resolution honoring the Apple Blossom Festival and Royal Court.

Listen to The Agenda show interview

Click here for KPQ's The Agenda show interview yesterday with me, Representative Steele and the Apple Blossom Court.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 12th District state senator.



Brad Hawkins

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District


107 Newhouse Building - P.O. Box 40412 | Olympia, WA 98504-0412
(360) 786-7622 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000