. . . seen the fruit aisles in their spring finery. They may not have the cachet of the Tidal Basin's cherries, but the Shenandoah Valley's apples are no less sweet. And while many folks make the trek west in fall to pick the trees clean, this time of year offers a visual harvest all its own -- the orchards painted pink and white with delicate blossoms. With its pie contests and parades, the annual festival in Winchester offers just a taste of what's to come when the trees offer apples each day.
In spring, the many apple orchards add color to the hills near Winchester, Va.
(File Photo/Rick Foster -- Winchester Star)
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
April 30-May 4, Winchester, Va.
For more information, call 800-230-2139 or 540-662-3863 or go to www.sabf.org.
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