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Lopez to marshal Apple Blossom Festival

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Actor Mario Lopez will arrive in Winchester on May 5 in time to be grand marshal of the Grand Feature Parade. Courtesy photo

'Saved by the Bell' actor to arrive in Winchester May 5 for parade

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Mario Lopez has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Tom Scully, festival president, made the announcement at a Thursday morning press conference at the National Fruit Product Company in Winchester. The company was also named as this year's sponsor for the grand marshal.

Lopez, 38, is best known for his role as A.C. Slater on "Saved By the Bell," a high-school television series that aired from 1989 to 1993. Since then, Lopez has hosted a nationally syndicated daily show, "Extra," and MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew." He's also had appearances in other TV series such as "Nip/Tuck", "George Lopez" and "Robot Chicken," and several movies, including "Get Him to the Greek" and "Honey 2."

Scully said that Lopez will be arriving in Winchester the morning of May 5 and will partake in the Grand Feature Parade as well as the usual activities that follow. He will not be present for any Friday or Sunday events.

Scully added that scheduling is still a little loose.

"There's a rather good, long list of people we'd always like to have, and he's been on that list for some time, and this year he's graciously available," Scully said of Lopez.

"He's an exciting star, he's current ... oh and someone said 'good-looking', so that helps too."

Lopez also will do a public service announcement for the festival's website about being the grand marshal.

"He's really excited because he's wanted do this, and this year it's going to work out," Scully said. "We're just tickled pink and green."


I guess since Davey Jones passed, Mario was next on the list. It is a shame that Batman, Adam West, was not available again.

Adam West would never be invited back to the bloom because of his current role on TV's The Family Guy. With all of the "Jesus jokes" and foul language on that show, people WILL protest.

Sorry, I have never watched that show. If true about the jokes, and I do not doubt you, I agree with you.

The Batman, thing was basically aimed at can't Winchester get someone, someone for their GM that is current in today's headlines?

People will still enjoy the Bloom however; everyone always enjoys seeing someone that we do not need out grandfather to explain who they are.

You have to go back many years to find a Grand Marshal with relevance. Sorry, but Lopez doesn’t fill that void. It’s a shame how the Bloom has decayed over the years. No longer does the Grand Feature parade have the nice professional made floats, bands and a variety of celebrities. There use to be a time with the GF parade was second to none. It seems the Bloom committee has decided that mediocrity is the common theme each year. To rely solely on a few local yokels as their main attractions along with a couple of “once was -- celebrities” who come with their walkers and canes is not the way to attract interest. Perhaps it’s time the committee look for some new blood.

Right on that it is not near what it used to be. I can say when I was a kid I was so excited to see Sugar Ray, Tony Dorsett and many more when they were still in their prime. These days though it is different world. There are so many sources of entertainment that anyone popular is in high demand so the committee, and I would imagine they have budget, has a tough job. At the same time we live such fast paced lives loaded everyday with various forms of entertainment we also view Apple Blossom different. It's not the big deal anymore like it was back in a slower more simple time. Just like they say " It's all about the money".

My grandpa went to elementary school in Round Hill. He tells me his third grade class went on a field trip to the Sniders ( Snyder's ?) Apple Orchard plant north of town one year. There were apple orchards on both sides of Route 7 the whole way.

Today, Sniders is gone, the building is still used by another apple company, all the apple orchards are mostly gone, too.

Of all the acres and acres of apple orchards existing in Frederick County during the 1950's, how many remain today? Maybe this is the reason the Apple Blossom Festival has dwindled over the years?

Got to go to the west of I-81/Rt.11. Middle rd., Cedar Creek Grade, Marlboro rd, and the Apple Pie Ridge rd. I think Frederick Co. is still considered a large producer for the state but declining. Chemical cost is one thing orchardist will cite as problem and I know the stink bugs has hurt also.

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