Apple Blossom Royalty visit State Capitol

I was honored to host the 2024 Apple Blossom Royalty at the State Capitol today!

It is always a highlight when the Apple Blossom Royalty visit. My wife and I attended the Royalty Pageant just a couple weeks ago, so it was so fun to meet the girls in person. I enjoyed getting to know the Royalty and providing them a tour. The girls had a large bag of Applets and Cotlets to share, and those were a big hit with my Senate colleagues.

The Royalty were excellent ambassadors for our 105-year old Apple Blossom Festival. What amazing products of our community! They are smart, kind, friendly, and mature beyond their years. They had no problem mixing it up and interacting with Senators. I was proud to host them and look forward to seeing them again at the Grand Parade! They also met with Representative Steele and Goehner.

Congratulations to Queen Ella Stimmel and Princesses Jenissa Hepton and Lexie Fennell!

The 105th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival will be held April 25 – May 5. For more information, visit

Click here to watch the Royalty Court interview

Click here to watch the 2024 Apple Blossom Song

Sen. Hawkins with the Apple Blossom Royalty – Feb. 27, 2024