Fla­vors of fall

Eu­reka Park new home for this year’s Ap­ple­fest in Ash­land

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6003

Ash­land Ap­ple fest is re­turn­ing with all of its fall fa­vorites, but in a newlo­ca­tion.

Ap­ple­fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day at Eu­reka Park in the bor­ough. The event is spon­sored by the Wash­ing­ton Fire Com­pany and Martha Wash­ing­ton Ladies Aux­il­iary.

Gail Jones of the Martha Wash­ing­ton Ladies Aux­il­iary said the event moved to Eu­reka Park this year be­cause its pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tion, Eighth and Cen­tre streets, was al­ready booked.

“Due to some other event in the area, we have to re­lo­cate,” Jones said.

How­ever, she said she sees the move as a ben­e­fit as the event keeps get­ting big­ger.

More ven­dors were added this year, in­clud­ing a new food op­tion — Grilled Cheese Cafe 2— and crafters. Jones said re­turn­ing fa­vorites in­clude Vince’s Cheeses­teaks and Bissinger’s Ap­ple Dumplings.

While ap­ples may be the event’s main at­trac­tion, chil­dren will be able to showoff their art skills on some pump­kins.

Pump­kin dec­o­rat­ing is re­turn­ing this year af­ter a suc­cess­ful de­but at last year’s Ap­ple­fest. Jones said the event was so pop­u­lar that they ran out of pump­kins prob­a­bly in the first hour. Pump­kins and art sup­plies are pro­vided.

Jones said the pre­vi­ous or­ga­niz­ers held an ap­ple pie- eat­ing con­test. How­ever, con­tes­tants were hard to find, so the fire com­pany de­cided to cre­ate an ac­tiv­ity for younger chil­dren.

Live mu­sic is also planned, with Di­as­pora slated to play through­out the event.

Jones said park­ing will be avail­able at Eu­reka Park. How­ever, spa­ces are lim­ited, so a shut­tle ser­vice will be of­fered from the Ash­land Shirt Co. park­ing lot and from the two high- rises. Jones said there is no rain date. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, there is a slight chance of rain Satur­day morn­ing. Most of the day will be cloudy with high tem­per­a­tures in the mid- 70s.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, visit the event’s Face­book page at “Ap­ple­Fest 2017.”


Kevin Bissinger, of Bissinger’s Ap­ple Dumplings, makes dumplings at last year’s Ap­ple­fest. This year’s fes­ti­val will be held 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. Satur­day at Eu­reka Park in Ash­land.

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