Goodfellow Bros. is honored to be named grand marshals of the 2022 Apple Blossom Festival after receiving the Business of the Year award at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet on March 31st. The award was accepted at the banquet by Dan Goodfellow, who, with his brother Steve, are the company’s third-generation operators.
“I’m certainly accepting this award on behalf of all our employees,” Dan Goodfellow said. “I know they’re very proud.”
The other award winners also reflected the “Rise Up” theme of the banquet, all companies “intentionally channeling their passions to help build a better community,” according to a chamber statement.
“We are Wenatchee people. Wenatchee is like a giant magnet; you can leave and there’s this draw that keeps you coming back to this community,” said Dan Goodfellow. “We opened our headquarters here in 1921 and we’ve stayed ever since. It is the heart, and the values Wenatchee has that we have carried through our whole company. We bring all our employees here so they can see and touch Wenatchee and see where our roots are.”
In naming Goodfellow Bros. the 2022 grand marshals, the Apple Blossom said the honor originally was planned for 2020, the company’s 100th year, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the festival that year.
“The theme for the 2022 Apple Blossom Festival is ‘Celebrating our Roots’ and we can’t think of a better Grand Marshal that fits our theme than Goodfellow. Bros.” said Linda Herald, 2022 festival director general.