Flavors of fall
Eureka Park new home for this year’s Applefest in Ashland
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.