Enjoy an autumn weekend and celebrate everything apple with the Rotary Club of Winchester’s 43rd Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival on Sept. 15-16 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

Darla McCrary, festival co-chair, said the family and pet-friendly event continues to grow in attendance each year. With over 7,500 attendees last year, McCrary said they’re hoping to break last year’s goal of $60,000 with a goal of $65,000 for the two-day festival.

Last year we hit our $1 million mark for the life of the festival,” McCray said. “Giving back to the community is what rotary is all about. More importantly, all the proceeds benefit local nonprofits in and around our community.”

To stay up-to date and on trend for the community, McCrary said they’ve added a few new activities for this year’s festival, including Bubbleball by Wonderfly Games, a 6-foot ball that allows contestants to run into one another, and a human hamster ball are just a few of the fun and hilarious activities new this year.

Local and regional craftsmen and vendors will be stationed throughout the fairgrounds selling a variety of apple-related products, art, jewelry and décor.

A canine obstacle course will be set up on Saturday for dogs, and the  Kidzone with inflatables will draw the youngsters looking to participate in knocker ball, obstacle courses and jumping in the bounce houses. Face painting and other activities will also be provided.

An antique car show, bingo and  an apple pie eating contest will provide entertainment for all ages, while a tap and cork tasting area will be available for those 21 and over.

Live entertainment will be provided by Nashville star Blake Esse, Robbie Limon, Bud’s Collective and Jimmy Lee.

Food concessions will give festivalgoers an opportunity to try everything apple related, along with barbecue, crab cakes, ice cream, kettle corn and lemonade.

McCrary said she’s looking forward to the apple pie eating contest and seeing the pets dressed up for the occasion.

People really have such a fun time when they come,” she said. “Plus, this is a really great way to kick off the fall season – with everything apple related.”

If You Go

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15-16.

Where: 250 Fairgrounds Road, Clear Brook.

Admission: $8, kids 6 and under free.