2018 Parade line announced »

September 24th, 2018 in Grand Parade, News

2018 Parade line up as of Monday, September 24, 2018

11:30     Kiddie Parade

12:00    Autumn Leaf Festival Parade

1     VFW  Honor & Color Guard
2     Grand Marshall, Elmer
3     ALFA president, Bill Forhan & First Lady Carol Forhan
4     ALFA float
5     Jim Willems wagon
6     Royal Bavarian Kanzler, Lynn Watson
7     Leavenworth Mayor Farivar
8     Chamber President Paula Helsel
9     Beir Wagon
10   Jack Pusel’s ’57 Navy Jeep
11    Fallen Hero Banners
12    Tillicum Riders
13    Teacher and Para of the year
14    Cascade HS Royalty
15    Cascade HS Marching Band
16    Leavenworth Golf Club
17    Enzian Alp Horns
18    Edelweiss Tanz Gruppe
19    Andreas Keller Musikwagen
20    Reindeer Farm
21    Santa & Mrs Claus
22    HC Anderson Carriage Co
23    Miss Rodeo Othello and Lady in Waiting
24    Cascade Garden Club
25    Othello HS Band
26    Fathoms O’Fun, Port Orchard Royalty
27    Wenatchee Senior Activity Center King & Queen
28    Apple Blossom float
29    Ilwaco HS band
30    Davenport Royalty
31    Marysville Strawberry  Festival Float
32    Newport Pride Marching Band
33    Rhododendron Festival float
34    West Coast Country Heat Dance
35    Monroe Bearcat Marching Band
36    Seafair float
37    Blazen Divaz
38    Lions Club Car
39    Wahluke HS Marching Band
40    Daffodil Float
41    Olympic View Middle School band & drill
42    Prosser Chamber float
43    Prosser Mustang Marching Band
44    Cashmere Royalty float
45    Bellevue HS Marching band, cheer, drill
46    Royal Rosarians float
47    The Beat Goes On Marching Band
48    Sequim Irrigation Festival float
49    Gunslingers Drill team
50    Spokane Lilac Float
51    Deer Park HS band
52    Connell Community Float
53    Sultan HS Band
54    Sunnyside Dance Company Elite
55    Capital Lakefair float
56    River Ridge HS band
57    Moxee Hop Festival float
58    Sauer Kraut Band
59    Leavenworth Senior Center King and Queen
60    Walla Walla HS band
61    Distinguished Young Woman of Wenatchee
62    Hazen Highlander Marching band
63    Mountain Meadows King and Queen
64    Southridge HS band
65    Mountain Meadows residents
66    Mount Baker Mountaineer band
67    Parton Trucking
68    Meridian Marching Trojans
69    Town Ford
70    Squalicum HS band
71     Spokane PT Cruiser club
72    Totem Pride Marching Band
73    Miss East Cascades
74    Royal HS Marching Knights
75    Mount Vernon HS band
76    Chelan county fire truck & volunteers

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 General ALFA Articles, Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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

Chelan County
350 Orondo Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Das Sweet Shoppe/Sugar Mountain
731 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
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce     http://www.leavenworth.org
Arlene Wagner
Cashmere Valley Bank
Leavenworth Electric & Excavation
Matt Kensrud
Munchen Haus
Scheibler Brothers Inc
South, LLC

Silver Sponsors

AlpenNel, LLC
Black Swan
Cascade Farmland Association
Dans Food Market
Die Musik Box Enzian
Mike West Real Estate
Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten
Obertal Inn Obertal Inn
Schiefelbein John
Seattle Shirt Company

Bronze Sponsors

Bradshaws Friends
Cindy Hassinger
David Severance.
Der Sportsmann, Inc.
Diana Zumini
Dianna Ezzy
Icicle Village Resort
Leavenworth Friends of the Library
Marson & Marson
Mountain Country Corner
Mountain Home Lodge
Penny Carpenter
The Oil & Vinegar Cellar
Your Family Name Here

Friends of Autumn Leaf

A new Resident
Allan & Patricia Dietrich
Ben & Tracy Brulotte
Bill & Diane Wells
Charles Alan Whittemore
Charles J. McKinney
Connie Mc Cauley
David & Sally Kane
Dennis & Connie Wright
Edward or Judith Weaver
Grace & Kenneth Pulse
HC & Katherine Bloss
Jeanne E Gustavson
Jimi & George Wilson
June J. Handschke
KH or Lisa Klossner
Leavenworth Real Estate
Marianne Bennett
Marjory Blake
R. Selmo
Robert & Patricia Deichl
The Alps
Thomas & Joanne Rasmussen
William & Mary Jones