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49th National Apple Harvest Festival is Here!

Published October 1, 2013

It’s here! It’s here! The National Apple Harvest Festival is here!

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Held during the first two full weekends in October right here in Adams County at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, the National Apple Harvest Festival has been celebrating great food, music and handcrafted wares for forty-nine years. It’s a lovely ride through farmland and local apple orchards from Gettysburg (just ten miles!) to the fairgrounds, and a great way to spend a weekend in October.

General admission is just $9 (includes parking and shuttle bus or wagon service to the festival grounds) and you get to enjoy all these attractions and more.

  • 300+ Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Antique and Classic Cars
  • Antique Cider Press
  • Antique Farm Equipment
  • Antique Gas Engines
  • Antique Shingle Mill
  • Apple Art
  • Apple Jellies
  • Apple Pancake Patio
  • Apple Syrup Making
  • Applesauce and Peeler
  • Candied Apples
  • Chainsaw Carving
  • Chicken Barbeque
  • Country Sausage & Ham
  • Free Live Entertainment
  • French Fried Sweet Potatoes
  • Gallery/Apple Memorabilia


This is a rain or shine event, 8am to 6pm, so pack accordingly.

Highlights for this weekend’s events include:

STROLLING: TOM  JOLIN (Hammer Dulcimer, Accordian & More) • JENNY JUMBLES the Clown • TOPPER the Clown • PAST TIME HARMONAIRES (Barbershop Quartet)
AH CHARACTERS: Johnny Appleseed, Mr. Apple, Honeybee
KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: KID COUNTRY BUILDING • Apple Magic – Old Fashioned Games – Face Painting • APPLE FLUME & Pie Eating Contests (rear of Kid Country)
PETTING ZOO BUILDING: CowJazz & Chicken Karaoke –  Kids’ Craft Corner – Petting Zoo • Music, Movement & More
EXHIBITION AREA: NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS – Show Times: 11:30AM, 2:30PM & 4:00PM • VAN WAGNER’S TALL TIMBER “LUMBER HERITAGE” PROGRAM – Show Times: 9:45AM, 12:45PM & 3:30PM
DEMO AREA: APPALACHIAN ARTS STUDIO featuring – Chainsaw Carving & Pottery Making
SHINGLE MILL: Shows throughout the Day
ANTIQUE AUTO AWARDS: (Visit Antique Auto Tent to Vote for your Favorite) • Awards-2:45PM

Photo courtesy of mcmmbr on Flickr.

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