The city of Winchester is gearing up for the 92nd Apple Blossom festival, and this year the festival organizers have one more thing to celebrate.
The festival has been granted “full” nonprofit status by the IRS, which organizers say will make it easier for people and companies to make charitable donations.
The big event draws large crowds to Winchester for parades, parties and amusements. The new 501-C3 status means the festival is considered a charitable organization that provides a major benefit for the community as a whole.
“There’s almost no limit to what some people will do to try and help the festival out and I think this signifies that, that kind of feeling. In fact, we got our first donation check today.” John Rosenberger Executive Director, Shenandoah Apple blossom festival says.
Festival officials had been pursuing the designation for almost a decade.