WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) _ Actors Sean Astin and Loni Anderson have been chosen as the grand marshals for this month's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Astin, 33, has played Hobbit Samwise Gamgee in the ``Lord of the Rings'' movie trilogy. He also starred in ``Rudy,'' about a student determined to play football at the University of Notre Dame.

Anderson, 57, is best known for her part as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom ``WKRP in Cincinnati,'' which ran in the late 1970s to early 1980s.

Astin and Anderson are scheduled to appear in various events during the weekend, including the Grand Feature Parade, organizers said Friday. The 77th annual festival runs from April 27 to May 2.

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