The 29th annual Warwick Applefest was enjoyed by an estimated 30,000 people – Warwick residents, as well as visitors from far and wide. We are grateful to many in our community who made it a smooth and successful event.
An annual festival the size of Applefest would not be possible without the support and cooperation of our local governments and their agencies. The Warwick Police Department plays a critical role in planning a safe and secure event, as well as maintaining a strong presence during the festival.
The Village Department of Public Works, Ambulance Corps, and Fire Police are also integral to the success of the event. And additional thanks go to the Warwick school district, which allows the use of its properties to park vehicles on the day of the event.
Warwick Applefest, an important fundraising vehicle for local and area non-profit organizations, continues to be a popular and successful event. Applefest is, by far, the largest fundraising endeavor by its sponsor, the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and its volunteers, who plan the event for over ten months each year. The proceeds from this annual fall event are used by the Chamber for its operating budget, and to offer a wide variety of events and activities that serve the entire Warwick Valley business community.
In addition, some 50 local non-profit organizations participate in Applefest as their major annual fundraiser, so they can continue to serve our community in many different ways. It’s worth noting that, because of the money raised by so many local groups at Applefest, fewer fundraisers are directed at Warwick residents during the rest of the year. Additionally, the event includes local farmers and food producers in the Farmers’ Market area of the festival.
Attracting so many visitors into our community for Applefest also gives a significant boost to the local economy. The event brings extra business to many local restaurants, shops, bed & breakfasts and inns, apple orchards, wineries and businesses along the routes into the Village. And many who discover Warwick for the first time at Applefest return to enjoy and shop in our town again.
We’d like to thank the many volunteers and non-profit organizations who contribute their time and energy to make each Applefest a reality. We are grateful to those business owners and organizations who contribute to the success of the event by allowing their property to be used for vendors and musicians, or for sponsor and vendor parking. Shuttle buses and drivers are provided by Gold Sponsor, Transtech/Chestnut Ridge Transportation. And after the event is over, Executive Touch Landscaping of Warwick and longtime festival sponsor, County Waste, do an incredible job cleaning up the festival area. The success of this tremendous event is indeed the result of a community-wide team effort!
Very special thanks go to this year’s sponsors: Gold: Angry Orchard/Dana Distributors, County Waste and Recycling, Cutco, Mountain Creek, Myles Wealth Management, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Price Chopper, St. Anthony Community Hospital, Transtech/Chestnut Ridge Transportation, Warwick Valley Apple Trail; Silver: Bath Fitter, DeFeo Marina, Galleria at Crystal Run, GEICO, Healy Brothers Lincoln, Horizon Family Medical Group, Hudson Solar, LeafFilter North of New Jersey, Inc., LEGOLAND New York, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing, MVP HealthCare, New York’s Best Experiences, News 12 Hudson Valley, NYSERDA, Renewal by Anderson of Eastern New York, Seely & Durland, ShopRite of Warwick, Solar Maximum, Stewart International Airport, WTBQ Radio Station; Bronze: Alto Music of Orange County, Inc., Edward Jones Investments, M&B Septic Service LLC/Noah’s Ark Port-A-John, Warwick Valley Telephone, Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe.
As always, the Applefest Committee sincerely appreciates the patience and cooperation of Warwick residents for this one day each year. Over and over again, we hear from visitors what a wonderful town we live in. And each year, we’re proud to share it during Applefest.
CRISSY HOHMANN COORDINATOR, WARWICK APPLEFEST 2017
ON BEHALF OF THE WARWICK APPLEFEST 2017 COMMITTEE