It has cooled off for a few days, with gloriously crisp mornings putting me in the mood for Autumn days ahead. The Apple Festival is this weekend, with most of the festival restored after last year’s cancellations. Time for an apple recipe, a look at some of the festival fun and an apple tablescape or two! Each year for several years now, I’ve posted about a different aspect of the Apple Festival, the biggest event in our small town of the year. From 2014, I posted about the wide variety of apples offered by orchards here.
All kinds of apple foods are offered this weekend by the vendors, and I showed some of those on that post too. Apple bread, fritters, small pies both baked and fried, apple ice cream and frozen yogurt, caramel apples on a stick, French apple tarts, apple bread pudding and more!
The festival was setting up on Thursday night when we were downtown for dinner with friends. It looked like it was going to have fewer vendor booths and orchards displaying, with more space between for the crowd to spread out a bit. This photo is from a few years ago.
Apple Festival 2015 concentrated on the orchards and shows during the event.
Creative window displays featuring apples are in every storefront on Main street. See my Apple Festival post from 2018 to see more displays, and the Laurel Park car show that one of our car clubs holds as part of the event.
From 2018, read about the King Apple Parade, small town fun at its best. Fire trucks from every municipality in the county run their sirens as they slowly roll down main street on Labor Day.
Add high school bands, balloon characters, floats, veterans organizations, tractors and antique cars, and it is a long parade!
Last year the downtown festival was canceled, so we visited the apple orchards as they were open to spread out the event. Here, Jonagold apples ripen on a tree, just about ready to pick. We visited Justus Orchard yesterday to visit our friend Jeff as he had his Oz Pottery booth set up there. It was a great time to buy some apples, and have a tasty treat.
Apples make a nice transition from summer to fall. Here is my Apple Tablescape from 2017 featuring my big apple biscotti jar with apple ramekins and napkin rings.
Then I found some apple plates, so I did a full Apple Tablescape for six in the dining room.
In the mood for some apple goodies now? Bake a batch of my Apple Cake Donuts.
Bake one of my Caramel Apple Cakes for a breakfast treat.
Make my Honey Crisp Applesauce with Cinnamon, wonderful with pork.
I have my Autumn Wreath candle out, and I am totally ready for fall to begin!
So, it is an apple weekend, with Autumn on the way!
Today is take-in day for the competitions at the Mountain Regional State Fair, and I’ll be working the quilt competition take-in table, then entering a lot of items into several categories. I am really looking forward to the fall season! Exciting news about that coming this week.
What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?
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