"Passions that Bloom" 

Youth Contest 

We invite you to share your passions with us. 

Deadline to enter: April 26th 2024

Exciting New Youth Competition ! 

Video Link with Closed Captions for the hard of hearing: https://youtu.be/DVhv_JJS5N0 

 The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival is celebrating 90 successful years in 2024! 

 This year, as part of a newly reimagined youth component, we are happy to introduce: "Passions that Bloom". This new youth competition of the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival encourages all Annapolis Valley Youth between the ages of 12 and 21 to apply. If you have a dream or a passion, we want to hear from you!

 Are you outgoing and looking for an opportunity to connect with your community? This contest is for you! If the thought of speaking in front of a crowd makes you want to run the other way, this competition is STILL for you! We are judging differently this year, keeping the needs of every youth in mind. We will work with you at your own comfort level. All passions matter! The goal of this project is to acknowledge and foster the hopes and dreams of all the youth in our communities.

What does this look like?

 Do you have a passion for baking and hope to someday sell your goodies, but need money for supplies? We want to help. Do you dream in 3D and create architectural designs in your mind, and want to pursue your dream of becoming an architect? We want to help. Do you see a need in your community and have an idea of how to improve it? We want to help. We want to hear about your passions and we want to help them bloom into reality.

Finalists will participate in community events throughout the festival. These opportunities will help to instil confidence, create life-long friendships, and foster their creativity. The participants involved will gain many practical work-related skills that are vital in today's competitive job market, no matter their plans.

*Final applicants need to be available for the week of the festival.

How to apply:

1. Entry is free and application can be either written or submitted by video (Written: maximum 500 words, or Video: maximum 5 minutes in length). Open to alternative application methods, please email passionsthatbloom@appleblossom.com.

2. Entries need to be emailed to passionsthatbloom@appleblossom.com as PDF or MP4 file.

3. The competition is open to any person aged 15 to 21 years of age.

4. The panel of judges will initially review entries. Following this, approximately 15 finalists will be short-listed. These finalists will be invited to partake in various festivities throughout the Annapolis ValleyApple Blossom Festival. There will be multiple opportunities to showcase your passions throughout the festival. 

First prize of $1000

Second prize of $500

Third prize of $250

Schedule of Events for Passions that Bloom:

Continued THANK-YOU to our Passions that Bloom Sponsors for 2024: