Applefest 2019 says thank you, Town of Warwick

| 20 Oct 2019 | 05:15

    This year’s 31st annual Warwick Applefest was enjoyed by a large crowd of Warwick residents, as well as visitors from far and wide. We are grateful to many in our community who made it a smooth and successful event.

    An annual festival the size of Applefest would not be possible without the support and cooperation of our local governments and their agencies. The Warwick Police Department plays a critical role in planning a safe and secure event, as well as maintaining a strong presence during the festival.

    The Village Department of Public Works, Ambulance Corps and Fire Police are also integral to the success of the event.

    Additional thanks go to the Warwick school district, which allows the use of its properties for vehicle parking on the day of the event.

    Warwick Applefest, an important fund-raising vehicle for local and area non-profit organizations, continues to be a popular and successful event. Applefest is, by far, the largest fund-raising endeavor by its sponsor, the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and its volunteers, who plan the event for over ten months each year.

    The proceeds from this annual fall event are used by the chamber for its operating budget, to offer a wide variety of events and activities throughout the year and to promote tourism, which supports the entire Warwick Valley business community.

    In addition, some 40 local non-profit organizations participate in Applefest as their major annual fund raiser so they can continue to serve our community in many different ways. It’s worth noting that, because of the money raised by so many local groups at Applefest, fewer fund raisers are directed at Warwick residents and businesses during the rest of the year.

    The event also features local farmers and food producers in the Farmers' Market area of the festival.

    Attracting so many visitors into our community for Applefest also gives a significant boost to the local economy. The event brings extra business to many local restaurants, shops, bed & breakfasts and inns, apple orchards, wineries and businesses along the routes into the village.

    And many who discover Warwick for the first time at Applefest return to enjoy and shop in our town again.

    We’d like to thank the many volunteers and non-profit organizations who contribute their time and energy to make each Applefest a reality.

    We are grateful to those business owners and organizations who contribute to the success of the event by allowing their property to be used for vendors and musicians, or for sponsor and vendor parking. Shuttle buses and drivers were provided by Gold Sponsor Quality Bus Service.

    And after the event, Silver Sponsor Marangi Disposal/Eastern Waste and Executive Touch Landscaping of Warwick did an incredible job cleaning up the festival area.

    The success of this tremendous event is indeed the result of a community-wide team effort.

    Very special thanks go to this year’s Gold sponsors: Angry Orchard, Cutco Cutlery, LEGOLAND New York, Myles Wealth Management, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc., Price Chopper, Quality Bus Service, St. Anthony Community Hospital and Warwick Valley Apple Trail.

    As always, the Applefest Committee sincerely appreciates the patience and cooperation of Warwick residents for this one day each year. Over and over again, we hear from visitors what a wonderful town we live in.

    And each year, we're proud to share it during Applefest.

    With sincere thanks,

    Crissy Hohmann

    Coordinator, Warwick Applefest 2019

    On behalf of the Warwick Applefest 2019 Committee