WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: WASHINGTON STATE APPLE FESTIVAL
Profile America — Wednesday, April 25th. The Wenatchee Valley in Washington is decked out with millions of blossoms as a backdrop for the state's 93rd annual Apple Blossom Festival, beginning tomorrow. An estimated 100,000 people will enjoy events including parades and a carnival and, of course, lots of apples, along with applesauce, apple butter, and apple pies. Apples are a perennial American favorite — we each eat more than 16 pounds of them a year, and recent studies have shown that apples are beneficial in warding off certain cancers and brain diseases. Apples are a nearly $2 billion a year crop in the U.S. Washington is the leading producer of apples by a wide margin. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 235 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 281, 843, 845
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