Where the people and the apples are plentiful

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:55

    WARWICK-The Town of Warwick will roll out the red carpet this Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 visitors to the 17th annual Applefest. The traditional festival, Warwick's largest and most well-attended event, has been held since 1988 to celebrate the local apple harvest. In June 2002, the American Bus Association voted Applefest one of the top 10 festivals on its list of best events in North America. The Warwick Police Department urges residents to avoid driving near or through the village. There are special designated parking areas at Memorial Park, the Middle School and the Park Avenue School 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. The annual festival, which plays host to over 240 craft vendors and 40 food vendors. Scheduled events include music and dancers, a strolling mime, free entertainment and children's rides. Many local business and organizations will sponsor individual promotions. The traditional apple pie contest, open to both juniors and adults, starts at 10 a.m. Judging begins at 11:30 and the pies will be sold by the slice as soon as the winners are announced. A 32-page free guide includes the schedule of events, visitor information, a listing of craft exhibitors, food vendors and a user-friendly map of the festival area. The brochures will be available to the public during Applefest at parking lots, information booths, and many local businesses.