G-A Apple Festival will feature activities for the family

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Apples will again star at a favorite Greencastle event. The 30th annual Greencastle-Antrim Apple Festival and Antique Engine Display will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tayamentasachta, the school district’s environmental center.

The festival will include anything dealing with apples, from foods and crafts to displays and demonstrations.  Many locally grown varieties of apples and apple products from Tracey's Orchard will be on display and members of the Tracey family will be available to answer any questions about apples. 

The apple dumpling gang will be working hard again to make over 1,000 apple dumplings in the farmhouse kitchen for festival visitors to purchase and enjoy.  The cost of an apple dumpling is $3.50. 

A special exhibit of antique engines and farm equipment by the Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association will also be featured.  Charles Lindsay's team of Belgian Horses will provide wagon rides along the picturesque trails of Tayamentasachta.  

In addition to the many local artisan and craft demonstrators and displays, special activities for families will be offered by the Greencastle-Antrim High School Art Club, such as scarecrow making, face painting and pumpkin decorating.  During your visit, a time traveling minstrel will entertain you with historical stories, music and songs.  Families can also enjoy lunch at Tayamentasachta.

A benefit chicken barbeque will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include barbequed chicken, cabbage slaw, baked potato, applesauce (compliments of Knouse Foods), roll, cake and apple cider.  Advance chicken barbeque tickets are $7 and can be purchased in any of the Greencastle-Antrim schools.  Tickets will also be sold the day of the festival for $8.

Come and spend the day at Tayamentasachta. The festival is hosted by the Environmental Education Advisory Committee  with the purpose to educate the community about apples and the importance of  the environment in every day life.

There is no admission fee. Proceeds from the apple dumpling and chicken barbeque sales will benefit the committee and support educational programs offered at Tayamentasachta.