Story by Lourice Angie
Warwick Valley is very busy during the harvest season. It’s a time where visitors from near and far come to delight in the beauty of its history, hamlets and incomparable autumn views. Tourism is vital to the financial health of local farms and the economy of the Town. Since 1989 this local harvest celebration known as ‘‘Applefest’ has grown into a greater festival that welcomes more than 30,000 people into the region each year.
On Sun., Oct 14, Warwick celebrated its 30th Applefest. Produced by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, Applefest is an essential fundraiser for this very active community organization. In addition, event proceeds are vital for town-wide community projects for nonprofit organizations that participate in the annual festival.
With free admission, and something for everyone, Applefest featured over 275 craft and food vendors, free musical entertainment on several stages throughout the Village, a children’s carnival with fun activities, a Farmers’ Market, an apple pie baking contest, an apple pie eating contest, and local non-profit exhibitors. .Local businesses also participated in the celebration offering food and drink specials.
The bounty and beauty of the Warwick Valley is something to be celebrated, and although the numerous visitors and traffic jams can create frustration for some, Applefest and apple season is a time to be appreciated.