Apples abound in Ashland
Enjoy fall day Saturday at Applefest in Ashland
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
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.