Warwick will welcome an estimated 30,000 visitors to Applefest on Sun., Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Applefest will feature over 250 craft and food vendors, free musical entertainment on several stages, children’s activities, Farmers’ Market, apple pie baking contest, apple pie eating contest, and some fifty local non-profit exhibitors.
Family-friendly children’s activities will be located at the Stanley-Deming Park on Sunday only and will include a car show, a kiddie carnival rides and games, a petting zoo, pony rides, and food concessions.
Applefest 2017 T-shirts will be sold at the “Applefest Information” Chamber of Commerce Caboose on South St. during the festival. The “Applefest 2017 Visitors’ Guide” may be found on the website before the festival and will be distributed free at the event. The booklet contains visitor information, directories of craft and food vendors, entertainment schedules, shuttle bus information, and a map of the festival.
Applefest, sponsored by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, is a major fundraiser for this active community organization. Event proceeds are also used for Town-wide community projects by the 50 non-profit organizations that participate in the annual festival.
Applefest Entertainment Schedule
Railroad Green: Michael O’Brien and friends, 10 to 11 a.m., classic rock; Acting Out Playhouse, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, show tunes; E’lissa Jones, 12 to 1:45 p.m., folk/rock/pop; E samson Jones, 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., blues/folk; and Foley Road, 3:15 to 5 p.m.
Stanley-Deming Park: The Rock Undergeround Music School, 9:30 to 11 a.m., rock/pop; Whiskey Crossing, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., country; Ava Rae Heatley, 12:30 to 2 p.m., pop/rock/folk; Patrick Collins, 2 to 3:30 p.m., folk/rock; and Dot Carl, 3:30 to 5 p.m., folk/pop duo.
2nd Street Stage: Rich Pell, 10 to 11:30 a.m., folk; Kyndal Paige, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., folk; Shannon Rogers, 1 to 2:30 p.m., folk/pop; Lily Morgan, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., folk/pop; and Carolyn Weller, 3:30 to 5 p.m., folk/rock/pop.
Tuscan Café Stage on High St.: Absolute Zeros, The Conspiracy, The Foxfires, Orlee, SC Static, and Tragedy Plus Time.
Applefest Apple Pie Baking Contest
The apple pie baking contest is open to all and there are two divisions: Junior for ages seven to 16 and Adult for ages 17 and older. No pre-registration is required. Pies must be prepared and baked by the individual submitting the pie entry for judging. No professional bakers may enter this competition. A professional baker is defined as someone who works for a bakery, works for or owns a catering company, or sells pies.
Only double crust apple pies will be accepted – no crumbles, crisps or bettys allowed. Crusts and filling must be made from scratch. No store-bought crust, dough or canned fillings may be used. Each pie must have a bottom crust and a top crust. No other fruits may be added but added juices are allowed. Pies must be baked in a disposable pie tin or plate. The return of plates cannot be guaranteed and contestants need to write their name on the pie tin. The entry will be assigned a number at registration.
On the day of Applefest, apple pies should be checked in between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Apple Pie Contest booth #81, located at 2 Bank St. Late entries will be turned away. The finished pie cannot contain raw/uncooked eggs. An ingredient list, including apple variety used, and the official form must be attached to the baked pie. For the official entry form, visit www.warwickapplefest.com.
After judging is completed, pies will be sold by the slice. Proceeds from the sale of apple pie slices will benefit the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Applefest Apple Pie Eating Contest
The apple pie eating contest will take place at the Apple Pie Baking Contest booth #81, located on Bank St., starting at 3 p.m. Coordinated by Leslie Noble and Tom Herman, of Noble Pies in Warwick, this is a family event with separate contests for children and adults.
The pie eating contest involves eating an apple pie in a ten-minute time limit, with no hands allowed. Adult contestants are required to hold their hands behind their backs and eat a nine inch pie. The contest for children includes a smaller six inch pie. The winner of each contest will receive a certificate good for a free pie per month, for three months. The entry fee for the apple pie eating contest is $1 for children under 16 and $5 for adults. Proceeds will go to the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry.
The rules/entry form sheet may be downloaded at www.warwickapplefest.com or completed at the contest booth. Participants should reserve a spot at the contest booth by 2:30 p.m.
For more information about Applefest and to access the Applefest Visitors’ Guide booklet visit www.warwickapplefest.com.