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|Apples are the stars of the show and draw a healthy following at the National Apple Harvest Festival in Adams County, Pa.
Apple Harvest Festival in Adams County, Pennsylvania, a crisp and refreshing time
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September 23, 2013
ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. — An apple festival a day keeps the boredom away.
From October 5–6 and 12–13, the 49th annual National Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the South Mountain Fairgrounds near Arendtsville, Pa. It combines vendors, crafts, antique farm equipment and family fun with a celebration of one of the world’s most beloved fruits.
In addition to the more than 300 craft vendors, the festival offers apples in every imaginable form — from jellies, cider and pancakes to pizza, syrups, sausage and applesauce.
Freshly popped kettle corn, open-pit beef and sweet potato French fries bring visitors back every year, while hayrides, a petting zoo and a puppet show highlight the family activities. Antique farm equipment and cars are also showcased along with an antique apple cider press.
The “1st Apple Harvest Holiday” was held by the Adams County Fruitgrowers Association in October 1961, with the “Apple Harvest Festival” under the Upper Adams Jaycees officially debuting Oct. 9, 1965. The festival then included attractions like the antique car display, orchard tours and the crowning of the 1965 Apple Blossom Queen.
The Apple Harvest Festival has since grown immensely, expanding the celebration to two weekends in 1975.
“The Apple Harvest Festival has grown from a one-day event in 1965 to its current two full weekends through the hard work and dedication of the Upper Adams Jaycees, past and current, as well as the many volunteers just wanting to make a positive difference in our community with the profits from the event,” said Barb Althoff, board of directors chairwoman and entertainment chairwoman for the National Apple Harvest Festival.
The festival, which is part of the Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail, will be held 8 a.m.–6 p.m.each day and will take place rain or shine. General admission is $9 per person, with seniors (60 and over) $8 and children under 12 free. Admission includes parking, shuttle services and all the attractions and exhibits. Special group rates are available.
“The National Apple Harvest Festival is truly a family event, with the many delicious and varied apple dishes in addition to a wide array of foods to please everyone’s palate,” Althoff said. “The setting is rustic and inviting and the whole atmosphere — fall foliage, mouth-watering aroma of the foods, all this and more — offers our patrons a truly down-home, feel-good festival.”
For more information, call (717) 677-9413 or visit www.appleharvest.com.
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