Warwick to celebrate 30th Applefest next Sunday, Oct. 14

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  • File photo by Roger GavanApplefest has become one of the top fall events in the Northeast, attracting large crowds to the Village of Warwick.

  • Applefest 2018 T-shirts feature a special 30th anniversary commemorative design created by local designer/communications specialist, Louise LoPinto Hutchison, and will be sold at the “Applefest Information” Chamber of Commerce Caboose on South Street during the festival.

— Warwick’s largest annual event is only a week away.

The Town of Warwick will roll out its usual red carpet, rain or shine, on next Sunday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for an estimated 30,000 visitors to the 30th annual celebration of Applefest.

The traditional festival, the area’s most well attended street fair, has been held since 1989 to celebrate the local apple harvest.

The free festival will host 275 craft and food vendors and feature a variety of live stage performances including music and dance groups, carnival rides for children, a Farmers Market, an apple pie-baking contest and 50 local non-profit exhibitors.

Applefest 2018 T-shirts feature a special 30th anniversary commemorative design created by local designer/communications specialist, Louise LoPinto Hutchison, and will be sold at the “Applefest Information” Chamber of Commerce Caboose on South Street during the festival. The annual Applefest T-shirt design competition will return next year, in 2019.

Family-friendly children’s activities in Stanley-Deming Park will include kiddie carnival rides and games, kids’ activities and food concessions. The “Pre-Applefest Kids Karnival” is on Friday, Oct. 12, from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

And on Sunday, Oct. 14, the “Karnival” area will also include horse and pony rides and a rabbit petting area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival committee trusts local residents will not be too upset by any inconvenience that day.

Applefest is a major fund raiser and much-needed proceeds from the event are used for townwide community projects and 50 non-profit organizations, which participate in the annual celebration. And for many, Applefest is the one fund-raising event that provides necessary money to serve the community throughout the year.

Traffic to and from the Village is expected to be unusually heavy.

The Warwick Police Department urges residents to avoid driving near or through the village. There are special designated parking areas at the High School, Middle School, Park Avenue School and Veterans Memorial Park with shuttle service to and from the festival as required. Transportation for the disabled will be available at the Middle School parking area. Look for the signs.

“In addition to supporting the Warwick Valley Community Center,” said Michael Johndrow, executive director of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, “Applefest enables the Chamber to continue its work on developing business and increasing tourism in the Warwick Valley. It also provides a way for some 50 local, non-profit organizations to raise money in one day, without having to solicit in their local communities throughout the year.”

The Applefest 2018 Visitors’ Guide may be found on the Website and is distributed free at the event.

The booklet contains visitor information, directories of craft and food vendors, entertainment schedule, shuttle bus information, map of the festival area and upcoming local events.

For additional information or to view the Applefest Visitor’s Guide online go to: www.warwickapplefest.com.

- Roger Gavan


The Applefest Committee is grateful for the support of its 2018 sponsors:
Angry Orchard, County Waste & Recycling, Cutco Cutlery, Myles Wealth Management, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Price Chopper, St. Anthony Community Hospital, Transtech/Chestnut Ridge Transportation and the Warwick Valley Apple Trail.
DeFeo’s Marina, Exploria Resorts, GEICO, Kitchen Magic, LeafFilter North of New Jersey, Inc., LEGOLAND New York, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing, Mountain Creek Resorts, MVP Healthcare, NYSERDA, New York Welcomes You, Inc., Seely & Durland, and ShopRite Supermarkets.
M&B Septic Service LLC/Noah’s Ark Port-A-John, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, WVT, Riehle Opticians, Horizon Family Medical Practice and Edward Jones.
Applefest apple pie-baking contest WARWICK — A traditional feature of Applefest, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, is the apple pie-baking contest to celebrate the bountiful apple harvest in the area.
Entries are judged in two divisions:
• Junior: Age 7-16
• Adult: Age 17 and older
No online pre-registration is required.
Pie must be prepared and baked by the individual submitting the pie entry for judging.
Amateur bakers only - no professional bakers may enter this competition. (A professional baker is defined as someone who works for a bakery, works for or owns a catering company,or sells pies).
Only double crust apple pies will be accepted - no Crumbles, Crisps or Bettys allowed.
Crusts and filling must be made from scratch. No store-bought crust, dough or canned fillings may be used. Each pie must have a bottom crust and a top crust.
No other fruits may be added (added juices are OK).
Please bake in a disposable pie tin or plate. The return of plates cannot be guaranteed.
Please do not write your name on the pie tin. Your entry will be assigned a number at registration.
The finished pie cannot contain raw/uncooked eggs (white or yokes).
An ingredient list, including apple variety used, must be attached to your baked pie.
The official Applefest Apple Pie Baking Contest entry form must also be attached to your baked pie. For a flyer with contest rules and official entry form, go to www.warwickapplefest.com.
On the day of Applefest, apple pies should be checked in between 8-11:30 a.m. at the Apple Pie Baking Contest booths #82-83 at 2 Bank St., off Main Street (Note: late entries will be turned away.)
After judging is completed, pies will be sold by the slice. Proceeds will benefit the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Applefest apple pie-eating contestWARWICK — The popular Applefest apple pie-eating contests for adults and children will take place during the festival at 3 p.m. at booth #84 in the law firm parking lot off Bank Street, near the Apple pie-baking contest booth.
The pie eating contest involves eating an apple pie in a 10-minute time limit, with no hands allowed. Adult contestants are required to hold their hands behind their backs and eat a 9” pie. The contest for children includes a smaller 6” pie.
Contestants and spectators alike are welcome. The winner of each contest will receive a certificate good for a free pie per month, for three months.
The entry fee for the apple pie eating contest is $1 for children, age 12 and under, and $5 for adults, age 13 and older. All proceeds will go to the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry.
The rules/entry form sheet may be downloaded at www.warwickapplefest.com or completed at the contest booth. Participants should reserve a spot at the contest booth on the day of the festival.

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