G-A Apple Festival scheduled Oct. 10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Apples will be the star at the 26th annual Greencastle-Antrim Apple Festival and C.V. Engine and Machinery Show will from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center, 500 E. Leitersburg St.

Admission is free.

There will be a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Barbecue by Ralph. The meal includes half a chicken, cabbage slaw, baked potato, applesauce, roll, cake and drink. The cost is $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Tickets are available at all Greencastle-Antrim schools.

For information, call 597-6458.

The event will also feature apples, applebutter boil, cider pressing, baking contest, apple dumplings, garden tours, pumpkins, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, hay rides, commodity queens, environmental display, make-your-own scarecrows and live music.

Everything apples

The  festival will include everything dealing with apples from foods and crafts to displays and demonstrations. A special exhibit of antique engines and farm equipment, by the C.V. Antique Engine and Machinery Association will be featured, including early 1900s Walk grain cradle, barn making tools and numerous antique tractors and engines.

 The Environmental Education Advisory Committee is sponsoring an apple pie and apple recipe baking contest.  Entrants must reside in the Greencastle-Antrim School District. An auction of the delicious baked items will be held at noon. For more information about the baking contest, contact Sue Miller at 597-9196.

There will be special activities for children presented by Greencastle-Antrim students and the high school art club, which will include: face painting, apple name tags, make an apple book mark, taste different varieties  of apples and make your own scare crow.

Local crafts people will demonstrate traditional crafts.

Environmental displays by local government agencies will be set up. Battery B 1st Maryland Cavalry, Battalion CSA Cavalry will demonstrate the camp of a civil war unit.

Over 1,300 apple dumpling are being prepared by the Environmental Center Advisory Committee to be sold.   The high school "Traditions" class will be making the dough for the apple dumplings. 


Tracey’s Orchard, Greencastle will have displays of different varieties of apples and their uses and will be on hand to answer your questions about apples.

Charles Lindsay will be giving hayrides pulled by his teams of Belgian horses. The Franklin County Fair Queen, Franklin County Dairy Princess, the Franklin County Honey Queen, the American Honey Queen and Pennsylvania Honey Princess will be there with displays and answer questions about their commodity.

Roy Justice a time traveling minstrel will entertain you with stories, music and songs of a historic nature.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. a  benefit chicken barbecue will be conducted.  Proceeds will benefit new  programs offered to the community by the environmental center.

For early risers breakfast will be available 6:30 to 10 a.m., cooked and served by Shady Grove Cub Pack 95.

The festival, sponsored by the Environmental Education Advisory Committee, is designed to educate the community about apples and the importance of our environment to our everyday life.

There is no admission fee.  The event is open to everyone, not just the residents of the Greencastle-Antrim School District.  The barbecue and festival will be held rain or shine.

Tracey’s Orchard, Greencastle, donates apples for the children activities and Knouse Foods donated applesause for the chicken barbecue.

Gathering seeds

Growing Native, a signature program of the Potomac Watershed Partnership, will be present to host a native seed and nut gathering event. From 11 a.m. to noon a Growing Native Ambassador will lead a presentation on the importance of gathering native hardwood seeds. Participants will be able to gather native seeds at Tayamentasachta to help replenish native hardwoods to the Potomac Watershed basin.

Organizations assisting with the festival are: Environmental Education Advisory Committee, C.V. Antique Engine and Machinery Association, Greencastle Antrim Women’s Club, Boy Scouts of America, Franklin County Rock & Mineral Club, Tracey’s Orchard, Shady Grove Ruritan, The Leo’s Club , High School Art Club, Franklin County Extension Office, Franklin County Planning, 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Club, The Blue Bird Society, Battery B 1st Maryland Cavalry, Growing Native, Franklin County Bee Keepers, Franklin County Conservation District and Waste Management.