National Apple Harvest Festival

The big apple behind me looks good enough to eat!

The National Apple Harvest Festival has been going strong in Adams County, Pennsylvania for over 45 years. It was begun by the Upper Adams Jaycees who contacted the Adams County Fruit Growers Association with an idea for using a festival as a fundraiser.

Apple Harvest Festival

A lot of people attend the festival every year!

The first Apple Harvest Festival was in October 1965, and some of the events were orchard bus tours, an antique car display, pony rides, the sale of apple products and more.

Because of the success of the annual festival, in 1975 it became an event which was spread over the first two weekends in October. Every year the festival increases in size and now includes hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, musical entertainment, a petting zoo, contests and more. There’s every kind of apple product available for purchase such as apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel apples, apple sausage, apple butter, apple sauce, and more.

In addition to apple products, you can purchase and enjoy pit beef, funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle corn, chicken and pork barbecue, french fries, and more!

Even though the 2010 festival ended today, I would highly recommend it for next year. It’s a great family event and worth a visit. It’s located 10 Miles Northwest of Gettysburg at South Mountain Fairgrounds on Route 234 near Arendtsville, PA. As you get close to the area, it’s well marked with signs directing you to parking lots where you can park your car for no charge and then are shuttled to the fairgrounds. The fee to enter the festival is $9.00 per adult. Sr.Citizens 60 and older are 8.00 and kids under 12 are free.

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Apple harvest festival

How tall do you think I am?

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I love a good apple!

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Lots of yummy apples for sale!

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Which way should I go?

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I think I'd be a great Apple Harvest Princess! What do you think?

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5 Responses to “Polly #2 Attended Her First National Apple Harvest Festival”

  1. This looks like a lot of fun!

  2. I love apples and this post reminded me to plan a trip to the farmer’s market in my town very soon! Does Polly have a favorite variety of apple?

  3. I like the picture of Polly and the Apple Harvest Princess! I wonder if she let Polly try on her crown!

  4. Dear anonymous,

    I don’t think I have any favorites when it comes to apples as long as they’re fresh, crisp and firm! I love all the different types of apples depending on how I’m eating them.

  5. I’ve never been to a festival like this and didn’t know there was so much to do. Thanks for the info!