|Everything apple coming to VW Fairgrounds this weekend|
|Friday, October 18, 2013 12:21 AM|
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
VAN WERT — The 27th Annual Van Wert Apple Festival is this weekend at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.
Everything apple-related will come together in one location for viewing and purchasing pleasures. Hours are from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
A huge craft exhibit with over 85 crafters, fresh flowers, potted mums and a variety of fall flowers will be on display again this year in front of the Junior Fair Building.
Also included in this year’s event will be the Van Wert County Youth Art Contest/ Display as well as a mile fun run and children’s games.
This festival is held during the middle of October each year when the local apple crop is in its prime. As well as a variety of different apple varieties available for purchase, there will also be many other apple products such as apple cider, apple butter, apple pies, apple dumplings and many others.
Apples will not be the only source of food during the festival. There will also be cooking provided by outdoor vendors, caramel corn, sandwiches and chili.
Free entertainment will also be provided each day and will include gospel music, dance exhibits, glass blowing and an antique tractor pull. Other entertainment will include apple cider pressing, apple butter making and fresh caramel corn making.
This is a family-friendly event and will provide something for all ages. Children’s games provided by Kingsley Church will be located in the tent located at the south end of the Commercial Building. There will also be pony rides for the young event goers.
Face painting and wagon rides will also be available. A Van Wert County Art Show will be making an appearance as well as a working model train display. All of these events will be available both today and Saturday.
Taking the stage today in the Junior Fair Building will be Curtis Young with an apple presentation from 2-3 p.m., Trinity from 3:30-5 p.m., Pam’s School of Dance from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the band Blind Date from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Homestead Donkeys and Petting Zoo will join the festival. The mile run run will also begin at 11:30 a.m. at the North Gate.
On the Junior Fair Building Stage on Saturday, entertainment will include Katlyn Wendel from 9-9:30 a.m., Kim Hohman’s Dance Works from 10-11 a.m., and Nancy and Company from 2-4 p.m.
With the ripening of the apple crop, the fall season also brings the start of the cold and flu season. A flu show clinic will be held this evening and Saturday morning at the festival.