Apple Festival is fun for families in the fall

Brooke Ciccocioppo
Facepainted Malaika, 3, and her mother Lillian Mahone took a break during from the Apple Festival activities.

Chloe and Avery Cook of Greencastle may not know how to pronounce Tayamentasachta, but they now know that the school farm outside Greencastle offers a pretty fun Apple Festival.

Chloe enjoyed picking out rocks and minerals at the rock and minerals station, while Avery favored the popcorn sold by the Wolf Scouts.

The girls were there with their mother, Malinda Cook. It was the first time the family attended the annual Tayamentasachta Apple Festival.

For those, like Chloe and Avery, who aren't familiar with the Greencastle-Antrim School District’s environmental center, "Tayamentasachta" (pronounced TAY-a-men-ta-sak-ta) is a Native American word meaning never-ending waters or hills, according to Kerri Barnes, center director.

The event was hosted by the Education Advisory Committee to support educational programs offered at Tayamentasachta.

“My committee and I host this event each year," Barnes explained. "It’s a wonderful event. While the weather is always a factor, regardless we sell out of dumplings and chicken BBQ every festival.”

The Apple Dumpling Gang began the festival with 1,500 apple dumplings and within four hours they had sold out. The chicken barbecue followed closely behind.

Despite the dreary weather and rather unseasonably warm temperatures, the activities provided the feel of a fall wonderland.

The day kicked off at 9 a.m. with plenty of fall fun for the whole family. There was scarecrow making, live music, pumpkin and face painting, apple cider, a blacksmithing demonstration, horse-drawn carriage rides and an antique engine display by the Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association.

While many were returning to keep the tradition alive, others were visiting for the first time, like the Cook family.

“I just want to do something fun with my kids,” said Malinda Cook. “I think it’s a good possibility we’ll be back next year."

Of course the success of the event is dependent upon volunteers and the community. “This wouldn’t be possible without excellent volunteers and the support of the community. This is how we support our environmental programs,” Barnes said.