Bloomer’s Luncheon a lively party under the tent

Susan Poe, left, of Fort Valley, Terri Rankin, center, of Richmond, and Tina Colton, right, of Front Royal, dance to the tunes of the band Souled Out during the Apple Blossom Bloomers' Luncheon on Friday in Winchester.

WINCHESTER – Cloudy skies didn’t put a damper on the the party attitude of hundreds of women wearing pink and green who laughed, danced to the band Souled Out and sipped wine at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Ferguson Bloomer’s Luncheon on Friday under the Tolley Dental Tent.

Jennifer Cress, of Winchester, said she has never missed an Apple Blossom Festival and doesn’t plan to in the future.

“I love Apple Blossom,” she said.

Sandy Shoup, of Berryville, said she hopes to return next year to the event that focuses on allowing women to let loose and have a good time with friends and family.

“It’s great to get out and just be with the girls,” she added about the women-only luncheon.

The women wore not only pink and green clothing but also matching accessories, including big boas, leis and colorful hats.

First timer Jenni Baker, of Capon Bridge, West Virginia, said she had a lot of fun and met a lot of fun people at this year’s event and would like to attend again.

“It’s crazy,” she added  as women cheered and sang along to the blaring music and packed the dance floor.

She attended the event with other members of Trendz Salon, where she works. Gore resident Krista Lepley, also from the Trendz Salon, said it was her first time at the event and that there was a lot going on at the luncheon to keep everybody busy.

Prizes, raffles and free giveaways allowed the partygoers to walk away with something to remember the day by.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com