Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The National Apple Harvest Festival

On Sunday, my daughter convinced us that we should take her to the National Apple Harvest Festival in neighboring Adams County, PA. We hadn't gone for a few years. Doug and I used to work the ticket booth eons ago b.c. (before children). You should know that Pennsylvania is the #3 apple producer in the USA. There are about ten thousand acres of apple orchard in Adams County (just north of Gettysburg). Adams County is home to Musselmans, Motts and Lucky Leaf brands of applesauce and apple juice. The Biglerville High School Football team is known as the Canners.

The National Apple Harvest Festival is the closest thing I've been to an old time, country fair. The only rides are pony rides and hay rides. Kids can make scarecrows and participate in pie-eating contests for fun. Exhibits include antique tractor, steam engine and car exhibitions.

There are lots of apple products. Apple cider, apple sauce, apple fritters, apple pie, apple sausage and plain old apples.

You can see here an old fashioned, steam powered apple cider press. You could buy freshly pressed cider by the glass or the gallon.

The air smelled of apples, and freshly roasted pit beef. I love a pit beef sandwich on a roll with fresh horseradish.

And for those folks who want something a little less healthy....

There is "The Happy Belly". Supposedly Amish made ribbon chips and Fried Oreos.

I could not even think about it.

We enjoyed a beautiful sunny and crisp afternoon. We bought some jewelry and freshly roasted almonds from the vendors.

My daughter's friend is originally from El Salvador. She tried apple pie for the first time! Bluegrass and country music bands were playing at several stages throughout the day. Elvis was heard in and around the buildings (but seen only in bright green Chuck Taylors and skinny pants).

Johnny Cash is alive and well!
This guy was rocking out the Folsom Prison Blues at the Cider Barrel Stage.

He sounded so much like Johnny. I had a better picture, but I think I uploaded the wrong one.

In fact I have a bunch of other photos but blogger would only allow me to load four tonight.

Hope you all enjoy them!


Janelle Goodwin said...

The festival looks like it was so much fun! Wish I could have been there to hear Johnny Cash!

neetzy said...

Johnny rocked the Apple Harvest Festival Janelle. It was a great time. Maybe I can get a painting or two out of some of the photos i took.

Shazza said...

That looks like fun Anita. I always think of these things like a week late and miss them. There is supposed to be a great cranberry festival here in NJ Chatsworth this weekend, if it doesn't rain maybe I'll check it out! (NJ is the 3rd largest producer of cranberries)

neetzy said...


Old Timey Country fairs are fun. Much better than the York Fair. The York Fair is way overrated - full of expensive, unsafe kiddie rides, and overpriced, toothless carnies. I used to like the animal judging in the old barns, but now it is held in the air conditioned Toyota Arena. It's just not the same.

Maria said...

I love, love, love apples. Granny Smiths are my favorites. My daughter likes Fujis and my partner likes Pink Ladies. But, give me a nice sourish Granny Smith and a good book and I am good.

neetzy said...

Hi Maria,

I am partial to Empires. My daughters love Galas and my husband likes the Jonagold. There truly is an apple for everyone!