2018 Parade line up to be determined »

September 18th, 2017 in Grand Parade, News

The 2017 Parade Line up was announced in mid-September last year. This is how it looked as of Monday Sept. 18, 2017.


Kiddie Parade

Unit No.

1    Dept of WA VFW (Honor & Color Guard)
2    Grand Marshall, Ms Arlene Wagner, Riding on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach
3    Autumn Leaf Festival President, Bill Forhan
4    Autumn Leaf Float
5    Andreas Keller Musikwagen, Past Royal Ladies
6    Royal Bavarian Kanzler, David Severance
7    Leavenworth Mayor
8    Chamber President
9    Hans Andersen carriage/Leavenworth Senior Center King and Queen
10  Fallen Hero Banners
11   1957 Navy Jeep
12   Othello Distinguished Young Women
13   Miss Rodeo Othello 2017 & Lady-in-waiting
14   Cub Scout Pack 28
15   Mr. & Mrs. Claus with Reindeer
16   Cascade Garden Club
17   2017 Miss Appleatchee Riders Queen Tia Ragan
18   Town Ford
19   Teacher of the Year, Para Pro of the Year
20   Cascade High School Marching Band
21   Cascade High School Homecoming Royalty
22   Hyack Festival Association
23   Enzian Alphorns
24   Cashmere Community Float & Royalty
25   Meridian Marching Trojans
26   Seattle Seafair Comodores
27   Everett Eagles Sr. Drill Team
28   Everett Eagles Jr. Drill Team
29   Washington State Eagles Youth Queen & Princess
30   Gnomes of Cashmere and Scarecrow Friends float
31   Bellevue High School Marching Band, Cheerleaders and Drill Team
32   Distinguished Young Women of Moses Lake
33   Capitol Lakefair
34   La Senoritas sponsored by Lake City Western Vigilantes & Lynnwood Eagles Auxiliary #2888
35   Lil Senoritas
36   Northwest Cruisers – PT Cruiser Club
37   Snohomish Sauer Kraut Band
38   Leavenworth Golf Club
39   Portland Rose Society/President
40   Royal Rosarians of Portland, OR
41   Southridge High School Band
42   Chewelah Community Float
43   Icicle Brewing Company
44   Tenino Sound Train
45   Sequim Irrigation Festival Float
46   North Queens Drill Team
47   Prosser Chamber of Commerce
48   Mount Baker High School “Mountaineer” Marching Band
49   Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
50   The Highlanders Drill Team
51   Miss Royal City
52   Lynn Watson
53   Deer Park Community Float
54   Edelweiss Tanz Gruppe
55   Olympic View Middle School Band & Drill
56   Fathoms Of Fun (Port Orchard)
57   Fathoms O Fun (float only holds 3 people, additional 2 in car)
58   Sultan High School Flag Team
59   Sultan High School “Turk” Marching Band
60   Daffodil Festival
61   Blazen Divaz
62   Visit Our Okanagan
63   Bellevue High School Marching Band, Cheerleaders and Drill Team
64   Lions Club Car
65   Pirates of the Couer d’Alene
66   Prosser Chamber of Commerce
67   Prosser High School Mustang Marching Band
68  The Pirates of Treasure Island
69  Monroe High School Bearcat Marching Band
70  Marysville Strawberry Festival
71  Kingston High School Buccaneer Band and Color Guard
72  Jefferson County Rhododendron Festival
73   Wahluke High School Marching Band
74   WA State Apple Blossom Festival
75   Newport Pride Marching Band
76   Connell Community Float
77   Medical Lake High School Marching Band
78   Seattle Seafair Clowns
79   Darrell Parton Trucking
80   Jaeger’s Towing of Cashmere


2017 Parade Route announced »

September 18th, 2017 in Grand Parade

The 2017 Parade route is almost the same as last year. The map of the route is posted here for those who need it.

Please remember that due to construction at the schools the bus parking has been moved to the DOT Lot off of Highway 2. There is no room for busses on Birch St. Please tell you bus drivers to park at the DOT lot on the West end of Highway 2.

Hassinger named Fifty Fourth Royal Lady »

March 9th, 2017 in Royal Ladies

Leavenworth native Cindy Hassinger has been named the Royal Lady of the Autumn Leaves for 2017. Being the Royal Lady never really crossed her mind. Her mother, Pauline Watson, was the Royal Lady in 1980. Her sister-in-law, Nancy Watson, was Royal Lady in 2011.

“I happened to be here from England when mom was selected for Royal Lady. I never thought about it because it was always somebody older. I don’t think that should be me, still. I’m not old enough to be Royal Lady,” Hassinger said, with a chuckle. “But I am way older than when she was Royal Lady. She was 55.”

Hassinger was born and raised in Leavenworth. She married Ron Hassinger, an Air Force man. They’ve lived all over the U.S. and Europe. They moved back to the area about 23 years ago.

She and her husband built the Alpenrose Inn. That was sold two years ago. Since then, she’s been basically retired. So the offer to become the Royal Lady did come as a surprise.

“We were out of the business world and stuff like that around town. We were just going to be laid back and retire, so it was a surprise,” Hassinger said. “It is about three emotions all at the same time. They are asking me. That is such an honor. The next emotion was, I can’t do that. I don’t know how to do that. Then, it was like, they asked, maybe I should do it. It is a way to give back. Then, I need to ask my husband because he will be very involved.”

She wanted to find out more about it, but because of the secrecy, she was limited.

“You kind of know what goes on, but not exactly. I asked if I could talk to them and get a packet. I wanted to know what I’m getting into and make sure I can do everything. It was a whole bunch of emotions,” Hassinger said. “I really only talked to the one person that asked me. Then, she asked who I wanted to have as my companion.”

Her companion is longtime friend, Pat Rutledge, the 2009 Royal Lady. Hassinger found out a lot about being Royal Lady from the packet, which is written up very well about the duties and different festivals.

She and Ron had planned to do some traveling this summer, so she figured to simply replace that with the Royal Lady schedule. After October, then they’ll go on vacation. After accepting, one of the first things she had to do was plan her dress.

“It was a hard job. It was way harder than I thought. I went to Seattle once. We went to tons of fabric stores. I couldn’t find anything I thought was appropriate,” Hassinger said. “The tones were turquoise and blue. I would rather have something in red. It was difficult for me to think and find what I thought was appropriate and that I liked and it was me.”

Mary Rose had long been the favored seamstress of the Royal Ladies over the years, but she was now retired. Hassinger asked her anyway.

“She hasn’t been doing them lately. I started out with who I was, who my mom was. I think that helped. Please help me out and do it. She agreed to do it. She was so familiar with all the different designs,” Hassinger said.

Interestingly, Rose did not create her mother’s dress. When Pauline Watson was having her dress made, the sleeves were not right. So she took the dress to Mary Rose to redo the sleeves.

“Mary Rose is like a fairy godmother to the Royal Ladies,” Rutledge said.

Initially, Hassinger showed Rose three different fabrics, but it was not right. Finally, they found one that worked. Ron and Cindy have two grown daughters, Debbie and Kristin, who live in the Seattle area.

Taking the secrecy very seriously, not even the daughters know.

“I’ve known since the end of October. That is a long time. I have not told anyone. I don’t know if I’ll tell my daughters ahead of time. I think I’m going to put it Facebook afterwards,” she said. “I probably could tell Lynn (Watson, brother). I have told my hairdresser. She kind of has to know, so I can make sure to get my hair done. I thought about not mentioning it to her, but if she wants to do something different with my hair, she would kill me if I didn’t tell her. She’s like a sister.”In terms of the Royal Lady Gala, Hassinger believes it will be fun.

“That will be the first part. Now, it is still the worrisome. Am I going to do it right? Will I do what is expected? Once that starts, everybody will know. Then, I can ask people advice. It will be fun. It is an honor,” Hassinger said.

Hassinger thinks will be fun to get back out there after being retired for a couple years. She thinks her announcement will come as a big surprise. “People are always guessing. Four years ago, Ed (Rutledge) came up and asked if I was the Royal Lady.

I’ve only had one other person ask me that. It was at a Christmas dinner event. I wasn’t sure if she already knew,” she said.

2017 Weekend Events schedule released »

August 11th, 2016 in Event Schedule, Events, Festival Events

2017 Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival

September 23, 24, 25 2017

Festival Schedule

Friday, Sept 23rd

All Day

Art in the Park / Front St

Friends of the Library – Used Book Sale
On 8th & Commercial St

Wall Climbing & Inflatable
Front Street Park by Gazebo 

Past Royal Lady Display
Upper Valley Museum
347 Division St

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, Sept 24th

All Day

Art in the Park / Front St

Friends of the Library – Used Book Sale
On 8th & Commercial St

Wall Climbing & Inflatable

Front Street Park by Gazebo

Past Royal Lady Display
Upper Valley Museum
347 Division St

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Food Booths
8th Street

Scheduled events

Leavenworth Lions Club: Breakfast
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
At Lions Club Park Hwy 2

Wenatchee Youth Circus

Sponsor: Cashmere Valley Bank
Front St – See posted Schedule

Kids Activities – 8th Street
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Drill Team Competition
Gazebo/Front St Park
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

AlpenFolk – Music
Gazebo/Front St Park
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Kid’s Parade: Sponsor: Dan’s Food Market
11:45 AM – Downtown Front Street

Grand Parade
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1:45 pm Royal Lady Welcome

Edelweiss Tanz Gruppe –Dancers
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Musikkapelle Band
Gazebo/Front St Park
2:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Alpen Folk
Street Dance: Front St
5:30 PM –9:00 PM

Sunday, Sept 25th

All Day

Art in the Park / Front St

Friends of the Library – Used Book Sale
On 8th & Commercial St

Wall Climbing & Inflatable
Front Street Park by Gazebo

Past Royal Lady Display
Upper Valley Museum
347 Division St
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Food Booths
8th Street

Scheduled events

Classic Car Show
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Front St in front of Gazebo
Help us Judge!

Bavarian Brass Band
Gazebo/Front St Park
10:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Gazebo/Front St Park
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Sponsors »

February 22nd, 2016 in Photo Gallery, Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Leavenworth-City-LogoSMLCity of Leavenworth
700 Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Chelan County
350 Orondo Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

636 Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Mountain Springs Lodge
19115 Chiwawa Loop Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Phillips Enterprises, Inc.
11630 Alpenview Dr.
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Gold Sponsors

Kris Kringl       http://www.kkringl.com
Town Ford       http://yourtownford.net
Das Sweet Shoppe/Sugar Mountain
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce     http://www.leavenworth.org

Silver Sponsors

Baren Haus
Dans Market
Cashmere Valley Bank
Icicle Brewing Company
Kensrud’s Kustom Wrench
Leavenworth Rotary
Muncheon Haus
Scheibler Brothers Inc.
South, LLC

Bronze Sponsors

Bavarian Lodge
The Black Swan
Cascade Farmland Association
Metal Waterfall Gallery
Die Musik Box
Enzian Inn
Nelson Legacy Group
The Hat Shop/Wood Shop
Obertal Inn
Red Baron
Pacific Security

Friends of Autumn Leaf

Arlene Wagner
Linda Christianson
Mike West Realty
Marson & Marson
Leavenworth Real Estate
Penny Carpenter & John Ressler
Leavenworth Village Inn
Der Sportsman
The Soup Cellar
The Loft
John M Schiefelbein