Big crowd attends wet apple festival at Colby
Organizers of the Colby-Curtis Museum’s first apple festival were both thrilled and surprised when over one hundred and thirty people attended last Saturday’s apple festival at the Colby- Curtis Museum, despite the rainy weather. “We had a super event even though it was pouring rain. We had set up the tents on Thursday and that might have aroused interest in the event,” said organizer Helene Hamel.
Besides buying out all of the homemade pies, visitors also bought refreshments, apple crumble, cheese curds, ice cream and, of course, apples to help raise funds for the museum. Lots of kids came to the festival and had fun pressing apple juice and
decorating pumpkins, which will be part of the Museum’s Halloween decorations this year. Local fiddler Olivier Adoue provided the musical entertainment.
Visitors to the festival were able to visit the Museum free of charge and most took that opportunity, some visiting for the first time. Besides providing a unique, seasonal activity, thanks to the roughly twenty volunteers who helped make the event a success, particularly by baking apple pies, over $400 was raised. Harvey Stevens, of Stevens Orchard, sold apples and candy apples all afternoon, donating his proceeds to the Museum when he was finished!
“Everybody had so much fun – we’ll do it next year, too!” concluded Ms. Hamel.
Harvey Stevens, of Stevens Orchard, sold apples and caramel apples during the festival then donated his sales to the Museum.
Marissa Fauteux and Alyssa Cushing McPhearson had fun testing the apples at the Colby-Curtis apple festival.