Apple Blossom Cotillion Applications Due December 2nd

High school senior girls in the communities served by Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) and Springfield Hospital are invited to participate in the 64th annual Apple Blossom Cotillion. One of them will join the select group of Apple Blossom Queens. This special community event continues to be a unique tradition and a rite of passage for area young people. Girls present themselves with and without their escorts and are interviewed by a panel of judges.

We are pleased to welcome Pam Shaughnessy and Carrie Jewell as 2020 Apple Blossom Directors. Our master of ceremonies for the 20th consecutive year is Larry Kraft.

Elementary school children in grades Kindergarten through 4th are also invited to participate in the 64th annual Apple Blossom Cotillion. These young performers are always popular. They are introduced in couples, just like the high school girls and escorts, and they perform singing and dancing numbers. Children must apply in couples – a girl and her male escort – just like the high school participants. Elementary school couples who submit a completed application by the due date of December 2 are eligible to participate unless the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the production. In that case, a random drawing will be held on December 12th to determine the participants.

Proceeds from the event are used for the Dr. E Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award, Springfield Hospital and the SMCS community health centers.

An orientation for all parents and participants, including elementary school, is on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 pm at Dressel Gymnasium at Riverside Middle School. Weekly rehearsals for high school couples start immediately after that orientation. It all culminates with performances on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2.

Applications for both high school and elementary school participants are available at and at area schools. Applications must be received by December 2.

For information, call Sandy Peplau, 885-7686, or .