Tayamentasachta will host Apple Festival on Oct. 13

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The 31st annual Apple Festival and Antique Engine Display will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tayamentasachta, the Greencastle-Antrim 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, Greencastle, will be on display and members of the Tracey family will be available to answer questions about apples.

The apple dumpling gang will be making over 1,000 apple dumplings in the farmhouse kitchen. The cost of an apple dumpling is $4.

An exhibit of antique engines and farm equipment by the Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association will also be featured. The Lindsay family’s team of Belgian horses will be there providing wagon rides along the trails of Tayamentasachta, weather permitting.

In addition to the local artisan and craft demonstrators and displays, activities for families will be offered by the Greencastle-Antrim High School's Art Club, such as scarecrow making, face painting, and pumpkin decorating.

A time-traveling minstrel will entertain with historical stories, music and songs.

A benefit chicken barbecue by Michael’s BBQ will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include half a barbecued chicken, cabbage slaw, baked potato, applesauce (complements of Knouse Foods), roll, cupcake and apple cider. Advance chicken barbecue tickets are $8 and can be purchased in any of the Greencastle-Antrim schools. Tickets will also be sold the day of the festival for $9.

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 everyday life.

There is no admission fee. Proceeds from the apple dumpling and chicken barbecue sales will benefit the Environmental Education Advisory Committee and will be used to support educational programs offered at Tayamentasachta.