Ap­ples abound in Ash­land

En­joy fall day Satur­day at Ap­ple­fest in Ash­land

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR eped­di­gree@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com

Or­ga­niz­ers ex­pect ideal fall weather Satur­day for the Ap­ple­fest in Ash­land.

“It looks like it will be a great day. It looks like the fo­liage will be at its peak,” Gary Gless­ner, Ash­land Down­town Inc. board mem­ber and for­mer pres­i­dent, said. ADI, the bor­ough’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion group, spon­sors the event.

The 11th an­nual Ap­ple­fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the bor­ough’s down­town dis­trict. The event fea­tures en­ter­tain­ment, ac­tiv­i­ties and food, es­pe­cially the fes­ti­val’s name­sake red fruit.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, tem­per­a­tures on Satur­day will be in the low 60s un­der mostly cloudy skies. There is only a slight chance for rain dur­ing the day.

Gless­ner said the event added two new ven­dors to the lineup this year — David Lu­cas, who will be serv­ing ox­tail soup, and the Pasta House. Gless­ner said the Pasta House is a new restau­rant in the bor­ough.

The main at­trac­tion on Satur­day will be the ap­ples. Gless­ner said the fruit will be sold in a va­ri­ety of ways. Cin­na­mon Stix Sweets and Treats will serve up ap­ple desserts. Bissinger’s, Blooms­burg, will re­turn with its ap­ple dumplings and cin­na­mon ice cream and Boyer’s Food Mar­kets will of­fer a range of ap­ple foods. Groody’s Cater­ing is also slated to have a stand at the fes­ti­val.

Mu­si­cian Henry “Hank” Ahrens­field, Gor­don, will pro­vide the en­ter­tain­ment.

Gless­ner said the fam­ily-friendly event will also have ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, such as face paint­ing, a bas­ket raf­fle and the popular ap­ple pie-eat­ing con­tests. He said there will be two con­tests, one for North Schuylkill High School foot­ball play­ers and cheer­lead­ers and one for the pub­lic. Each contest will have six pies. Gless­ner said par­tic­i­pa­tion is first-come, first-serve.

Funds from Ap­ple­fest go to ADI and its mis­sion to im­prove the com­mu­nity.

“The main pur­pose was to raise money for ADI to use on projects in town and that is still the in­tent,” Gless­ner said.

Gless­ner said the fes­ti­val is usu­ally packed with peo­ple and he hopes to draw in a cou­ple hun­dred this year.

“We get some re­ally good feed­back from the com­mu­nity. It is some­thing they look for­ward to,” Gless­ner said.

Gless­ner said Ap­ple­fest is a “re­union-type of day” when peo­ple meet friends and fam­ily for a good time.

“Peo­ple come to en­joy the food and en­ter­tain­ment and you do see that,” he said.

The mem­bers of ADI hope to con­tinue the fall fes­ti­val in the fu­ture. After the group lost its con­tracts with the state and its Main Street man­ager, the board mem­bers and vol­un­teers stepped up to take the reins last year.

“We would like to pro­vide it as long as we can,” Gless­ner said.

“We get some re­ally good feed­back from the com­mu­nity. It is some­thing they look for­ward to.”

Gary Gless­ner, Ash­land Down­town Inc. board mem­ber

ANDY MATSKO/STAFF PHOTO

Jared Oman, Orangeville, peels ap­ples for Bissinger’s Ap­ple Dumplings stand at last year’s Ap­ple­fest in Ash­land. The 11th an­nual fes­ti­val will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day in down­town Ash­land.

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