More than apples at the Apple Festival


By Merri Hanjora - [email protected]



Tom Sciranka takes his turn stirring apples in the six- to seven-hour process of making apple butter at the Apple Festival at the Allen County Farm Park.


The Lima News file photo

The Apple Festival is this weekend at the Allen County Farm Park.


Courtesy of Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks District

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Johnny Appleseed Metroplitan Park District Apple Festival

WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Farm Park, 1582 Slabtown Road, Lima

ADMISSION: Free

Saturday

12:20 p.m. Spider Stroll

1 p.m. Dr. Insecta

2 p.m. Apple Pie Awards

2:15 p.m. Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass

2:20 p.m. Spider Stroll

3 p.m. Dr. Insecta

4 p.m. Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass

Sunday

1 p.m. Mr. Puppet

2 p.m. Home Grown Grass

3 p.m. Mr. Puppet

4 p.m. Home Grown Grass

LIMA — The 25th Apple Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at the Allen County Farm Park.

“We have found a good mix of things that we have done in the past that we continue to do,” said Chris Fetzer, volunteer coordinator at Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.

The festival provides fun for the entire family, as there are a host of free things to do, and things that require a nominal fee.

“There is so much for families, especially young families, because there are so many free things for kids to do. We also get older people who come out with their grandchildren. It is very family oriented,” said Fetzer. “There are lots of photo opportunities for families. We have people come every year and take a photo so they can see how much their kids are growing.”

There are traditional skills in the big red barn with woodcarvers, quilters and rug weavers. In the cabin area there is more quilting, weavers and spinners. There are open fire cooking demonstrations. Apple butter can be purchased for $5 pint jar.

“The apple butter is made with no sugar added to it,” said Fetzer.

Saturday is an apple pie baking contest sponsored by Lee’s.

There are horse drawn wagon rides and tractor hayrides and they go back into the woods. There is a nominal fee for these rides.

“In the woods we have pioneer re-enactors set up with their camp back there,” Fetzer said. “And our maintenance guy will build a giant straw bale pyramid. The kids have so much fun on that.”

There are animals present too.

“We have barnyard animals to pet and feed and pony rides,” said Fetzer. “We have lots of free entertainment, and a lot of things that require just a nominal fee.”

Tom Sciranka takes his turn stirring apples in the six- to seven-hour process of making apple butter at the Apple Festival at the Allen County Farm Park.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_apple2_odb-1.jpgTom Sciranka takes his turn stirring apples in the six- to seven-hour process of making apple butter at the Apple Festival at the Allen County Farm Park. The Lima News file photo
The Apple Festival is this weekend at the Allen County Farm Park.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Apple-Festsival-6-1.jpgThe Apple Festival is this weekend at the Allen County Farm Park. Courtesy of Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks District

By Merri Hanjora

[email protected]

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Johnny Appleseed Metroplitan Park District Apple Festival

WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Farm Park, 1582 Slabtown Road, Lima

ADMISSION: Free

Saturday

12:20 p.m. Spider Stroll

1 p.m. Dr. Insecta

2 p.m. Apple Pie Awards

2:15 p.m. Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass

2:20 p.m. Spider Stroll

3 p.m. Dr. Insecta

4 p.m. Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass

Sunday

1 p.m. Mr. Puppet

2 p.m. Home Grown Grass

3 p.m. Mr. Puppet

4 p.m. Home Grown Grass

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511

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