This year the Apple Blossom Festival returns in all its glory, which will once again include a feature fireworks display launched from the lawn of John Handley High School. The fireworks display was conspicuously absent from last year’s festival due to construction associated with the extensive restoration of the high school. Construction was scheduled to be completed in time for Apple Blossom this year, but Mother Nature had other ideas. The record blizzards and an unusually damp spring slowed construction and pushed the schedule into Apple Blossom week. A maze of construction barriers still covers the front of the campus. However event organizers, working closely with school officials have been able to develop a plan that will allow for the return of the popular fireworks display.
Set-up for the display always includes a series of safety barricades to keep the public out of harm’s way. This year, event organizers will use the construction barriers as a part of their barricades. The actual shoot zone where the mortars are setup, will be finished in time for the pyrotechnic display company to use and will actually be closer to Valley Avenue than in previous years. Festival Officials are still working to find locations on the remaining open portion of the campus for the traditional midway of food and novelty vendors. The Winchester Public Safety Department is assisting the effort by closing Valley Avenue to traffic until after the show is over, thus creating more open space for onlookers and fireworks fans.
The situation with the Handley Campus is evolving day by day so fans are advised to monitor the situation and look for updated information at www.thebloom.com as the event approaches.