Northwest trivia: In 1957 the annual Apple Cup was held on May 5. Who won? And why was it held in the spring?
The answer is, neither the Huskies or Cougars won. The annual UW-WSU football game still was called the Governor’s Trophy back in 1957. It didn’t become the Apple Cup until 1962, when it assumed the name of a defunct hydroplane race held from 1957 through 1960 on Lake Chelan.
Hydros? On Lake Chelan? Indeed. And it was important enough that Seattle TV stations covered the races live.
Maverick, driven by Bill Stead, won the 1957 Apple Cup, which coincided with the annual Apple Blossom Festival held 37 miles down the road in Wenatchee. Chelan hosted the big hydro race for four years, luring crowds from across the state until the sleepy resort town of 2,400 wilted under budget and crowd-control problems after the 1960 event.
Apple Blossom is Washington’s second-oldest major festival, dating to 1919, and its Grand Parade takes place this year on May 4. Check out the Apple Blossom Festival website, and read about the original Apple Cup in Chelan.