For 97 years, the Apple Blossom Festival has provided entertainment, education, and fun for the citizens of Washington State…and for the last 14, the State Patrol has been honored to help kick-off the event in a special way: Swearing in a Little Chief for one whole day!

The event, called “Chief for a Day,” has become a proud tradition in the Patrol and we are excited to have five-year-old Spencer Anderson as our Wenatchee area Little Chief this year.


Spencer is the son of WSP Trooper Jeff Anderson and wife Anna; he is also the grandson of Department of Fish and Wildlife Captain Chris Anderson. Spencer is currently in preschool at Washington Elementary and spends most of his time swimming and playing soccer or t-ball. Other hobbies include singing along to children’s songs, and learning all about modes of travel— trains in particular. Did we mention he loves watching videos of spiders? But like most of us, doesn’t care to deal with them in person. He also knows what his first act as Little Chief will be— but you’ll have to follow our live-tweet session during the event to find out! You can follow our Twitter page here:

If you will be in the Wenatchee area tomorrow, April 28th, please join us at 11:45 am in front of the Chelan County Courthouse!

The Wenatchee Police Department, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, and the Douglas County Sheriff will also be naming Little Chiefs for their own departments!

The Washington State Patrol is thrilled to be part of this event and to help Wenatchee kick-off its annual Apple Blossom Festival. Throughout the entire month, there will be concerts, parades, food and more! You can find a schedule of all the events/vendors here:

We hope to see you there!