Apple Blossom Festival brings quality family fun, entertainment and a great meal to the Newton community as the first outdoor celebration of spring. The weather was perfect for an evening outdoors April 28.
“Apple Blossom Festival has always been a fun evening for all ages,” said Noelle Dickinson, marketing director. “We love that children can safely enjoy activities geared just for them while their parents and grandparents relax nearby, enjoying music and entertainment with a local flavor.”
More than $16,000 was raised for the Good Samaritan Program through sponsorships, meal tickets, baked goods and basket auction income and the KidFest tickets. The Good Samaritan Program enables seniors who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own to remain living in their home on the Presbyterian Manor campus.
KidFest, a Festival favorite, included special activities and fun for children of all ages. Featured this year were moonwalks, giant slide, fun cycles and banana bikes, as well as carnival games and prizes.
Apple Blossom Festival wouldn’t be possible without our premier sponsors taking the lead to make the annual event a success. Thank you to these friends in our community!
First Presbyterian Church – First Presbyterian Church’s connection to Presbyterian Manor goes all the way back to the beginning when Dr. George Nelson pastored the church and subsequently became our first executive director when the campus opened in 1949. Dozens of volunteers from the church help make Apple Blossom Festival happen each year by serving food, bringing baked goods and grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. This year, First Presbyterian hosted an information booth at the festival, sharing information about the church and its vision: “connecting with God and connecting with people.” Pastor Scott McGinnis, his wife, Sonday, and their three children joined the FPC congregation in ministry last September.
Heart and Soul Hospice –Heart & Soul Hospice is an extension of PMMA’s services to seniors in Kansas. They play an important role in the continuity of care from independent living all the way through to health services. Their mission to provide compassionate, end-of-life care, guided by Christian values mirrors the PMMA mission.
Based at our home office in Wichita, Heart and Soul Hospice also offers services to patients in Sedgwick, Harvey, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Kingman, Reno and Butler County. If you or a loved one is in need of Hospice care, or you would like some more information, please give them a call at 316-652-6212 today.
Lippert Components – We at Lippert Components (LCI) acquired Hehr in February 2018 and it’s been a great transition thus far. At LCI our company motto is “Everyone Matters” and that truly is the case. With this philosophy, we are building and fostering great relationships and a great team that will be able to help bring great things.
Along with caring about our internal team, we really want to stress our support for our local community and our desire to be a welcomed company in the community and one that Harvey County/Newton will be proud to have in the fabric that makes up our community. Companywide, LCI commits to a minimum of 100,000 hours of community service; along with sponsoring great events like the Apple Blossom Festival we look forward to bettering our stance in the local community and truly serving our community.
St. Luke Evangelical Church – located at 808 E. 6th St. in Newton. Member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). Our mission is to live, preach and teach the Gospel and to make and equip believers to live in this world. Our vision is to Glorify God, Live the Gospel and Plant the Seed. All believers are always welcome. Join us for Sunday morning breakfast at 9 a.m., Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Church at 10:30 a.m.
Sutherland Builders – Sutherland Builders has been in the commercial and healthcare construction field for 30 years. Based in Wichita, Paul and Tim Sutherland and their crews have done large and small remodeling projects on many of our Kansas Presbyterian Manor campuses. You’ll see their crews in their neon green or orange shirts working at 3 Fields Ct. and 1100 E. 7th this season, but they’ve completed many other campus projects, including the Broadway Apartments Community Room.
Mahaney Roofing Company – The Mahaney Roofing Company was established in 1888 by Charles E. Mahaney in Wichita, Kan., making it one of the oldest commercial roofing companies in the state. Mahaney Roofing was honored to be named the 2017 Tier 2 Small Business of the Year by The Wichita Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, please join us in thanking the heroes below:
Good Shepherd Hospice
Taco Bell/Fugate Enterprises
Vogts Construction LLC and Vogts Parga Construction
Adrian & Pankratz
Heritage Fire Sprinkler, Inc.
Hwa Davis Construction
Knudsen, Monroe & Co, LLC
Midland National Bank
Others who have made the festival possible
Boy Scout Troop 123
First Missionary Church
Newton Medical Center
Steve & Jan Seidl
James & Sharon Wiens
Shriner’s Jazz Band
Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts
Newton Community Children’s Choir
St. Mary’s Children’s Choir
Great Plains Jazz Orchestra
Academy Sports + Outdoors
All Star Sports
Chisholm Trail 8 Theaters
Chisholm Trail Mall
Chuck E. Cheese
Heritage Home Furnishings
Holiday Inn Express
Il Vicino Pizza
Mel & Donna McAnulty
Sand Creek Station Golf Course
Sedgwick County Zoo