Apple Harvest Festival will be held this weekend

The 42nd Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival hosted by the Rotary Club of Winchester will take place this weekend at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

Club member Darla McCrary said they have raised “almost $1 million over the life of the festival” for distribution to local charities. They hope to raise another $50,000 again at this year’s festival.

She added that approximately 7,500 attended last year’s event and hopes for a similar turnout this year.

New attractions to the festival this year, she said, include a canine obstacle course with Blue Ridge Dog Training School providing training lessons.

Also at the fair will be an antique car show, bingo at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tap and cork tastings of hard ciders and craft beers.

In keeping with the festival’s namesake, apples will play an important role over the weekend.

White House/National Fruit will host an apple pie eating contest at center stage at 2 p.m. Sunday.

An apple pie baking contest will also be held at The Apple Theme Arena, as well as apple butter making. The best apple pie will be judged at noon Saturday.

Festivalgoers can also enjoy a free apple and apple cider, meet with representatives of the Virginia Old Time Apple Growers Association and the Alson Smith Virginia Tech Research Lab, and see over 60 varieties of apples on display.

Kids will also be able to spend time in the kid zone with inflatables, a giant slide, an obstacle and bounce house, a Zorb Ball, and face painting.

The Shockers, Robbie Limon, The Wayfarers, Ragtime Piano, The Judy Chops and Jimmy Lee will provide entertainment.

Food concessions will offer apple dumplings, Cajun food, barbecue, crab cakes, doughnuts, ice cream, kettle corn and lemonade.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

If You Go

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairgrounds Road, Clear Brook.
Cost: $5. Kids 6 and under are free. $1 off gate admission coupons can be picked up at any HandyMart store or White House Country Store on Loudon Street in Winchester.

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