Applefest, traditionally held on the first Sunday in October, began in 1989 and is sponsored by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event, held on Sun., Oct. 2, attracted huge crowds and offered free musical entertainment on several stages, a carnival for children, pony rides, a Farmers’ Market, 50 non-profit exhibitors, local food vendors, businesses and crafters.
Applefest has become one of the top 100 events in America, according to the American Bus Association and has been named the winner of the Time Herald Record “Best Family Event of the Year.” The vendor fees collected helps the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce promote the Town of Warwick throughout the year. Applefest organizers rely heavily on community volunteers to make this event a success.
To read the full story, written by Lon Tytell, pick up a copy of the Oct. 5 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch. To subscribe or to place an ad in the Dispatch send an email to email@example.com.
Members & parents of the Warwick High School Crew Team raised money at this year’s Applefest to buy new equipment. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lon Tytell
Volunteers from the Warwick Community Center sold birdhouses at Applefest to help fund the many programs run by the Center. Pictured (from left) are: Neil Sinclair, Kathy Colquhoun, Ann Damia, Karen Thomas, Mary Martin & Fran Sinclair. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lon Tytell
The Warwick Lions have been selling food at Applefest since the beginning in 1989. Pictured (from left) are: Trish Smyth, Kelly Kocian, Ryan O’Leary, Mary Kearney, Christine Adams, & Michelle Mabee-Loughren. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lon Tytell
Members of the Applefest Committee & Warwick Police Officer Katie Hansen (right) worked at the information booth at Applefest on Sun., Oct. 2 selling Applefest t-shirts. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lon Tytell
Janet (left) & Jerry Zimmerman worked at the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Booth, which promoted the Chamber & their upcoming events. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lon Tytell
Kaylin Marichal, the winner of this year’s Applefest Apple Pie Eating Contest in the youth category, is congratulated by Leslie Noble, co-owner of Noble Pies. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lon Tytell
A band performs on High Street during Applefest. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Jennifer O’Connor
It has been estimated that this year’s Applefest had record breaking crowds compared to the event last year as shown in this photo. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Jennifer O’Connor