MOUNT PLEASANT MILLS – For those who equate autumn with apples, there’s no better place to go than an event that celebrates fruit in all its forms, especially edible ones.
The Freemont Fire Department will be hosting its annual Apple Harvest Festival this weekend, Thursday through Saturday, at its carnival grounds at 299 Millrace Road in Mount Pleasant Mills.
The Apple Harvest Festival features vendors, a kids’ zone, cart rides, musical entertainment, a Chinese auction, and of course, food.
“Obviously with the apple harvest theme we have apple themed food,” said Jake Wagner, Fremont Fire Chief. “We have apple dumplings that people tell us are just for them. We make 850 every year and we sell every year.
In addition to the dumplings, participants can purchase apple cider, hot apple cider, and apple butter.
“Apple cider, we make it here from a kettle,” Wagner said.
In addition to coffee and hot chocolate, other popular dishes include hot sausages, barbecue pork, chicken wraps, fish sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and traveling tacos. Also funnel cakes, fries, bean soup, kettle chicken corn soup and hit & miss motor ice cream making.
People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the live music. Heather Olson will honor Patsy Kline in two shows on Thursday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday’s entertainment will be provided by the Air Weaver hot air balloon from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Swamp Root, country and Southern music group, will perform at 6 p.m. and then again at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday entertainment includes a car show and more music. The 4th Annual Affordable Fuels Auto, Truck & Bike Show in Middleburg begins at 10 a.m. The trophies will be handed out at 1:30 pm Lucky Afternoon, a rock / oldies / country group, will perform three times, at 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm and 3 pm
“There is a lot of great food, great entertainment and things to do with your family,” said Deb Bower, Membership Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Fremont Fire Department.
The 25 best cars of the Auto, Truck and Bike show are awarded, as well as the oldest, the most original, the choice of the public, the choice of the harvest, the best of the exhibition and the best restored. The three best trucks and motorcycles will also receive a prize.
More than 500 items are auctioned in the Chinese auction. Participants can also enjoy cart rides, barrel train rides, kids’ area, baked goods wheel, pumpkins, squash and flowers. Shoppers will enjoy browsing the old country store and the antiques, crafts, drop-in and flea market vendors.
“You can start your Christmas shopping early,” Bower said. “And support the firefighters. “
For more information, visit “Fremont Fire Dept. Apple Harvest Festival” on Facebook or call 570-441-1423.
Cindy O. Herman lives in Snyder County. Email your comments to [email protected]