AppleUmpkin Fest arrives Saturday

By on October 17, 2012

Joe Dietrich gears up for the AppleUmpkin Fest Oct. 20 in the Adamstown Community Grove. All proceeds will benefit Adamstown Community Days, which he chairs. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Crafters and vendors, a haunted house, pony rides, an animal show, games, hayrides and lots of good food will combine to make Adamstown’s ninth annual AppleUmpkin Fest an entertaining day for all family members.

The AppleUmpkin Fest will take place at Adamstown’s Community Grove on West Main Street adjacent to the community swimming pool Oct. 20.

The day is sponsored by the Adamstown Community Days (ACD) Committee, and all proceeds will be used towards 2013 ACD events over Memorial Day weekend.

Joe Dietrich, ACD chairman, said the day is a way for families to spend time together, have fun, enjoy the food and still not have to spend a fortune. Dietrich said the committee always tries to find ways to cover its expenses, make a small profit and still keep costs down for participants.

"We are having the haunted house and the haunted hayride again with lots of new features," said Dietrich. "And we’re offering the option of a combined ticket for the two activities at a reduced price."

A light breakfast will be available at the grove’s pavilion beginning at 8 a.m. with most activities beginning at 10 a.m.

Craft and vendor stands will be open for business from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Committee member Judy Dengler said there were over 35 craft stands in 2011 and she already has reservations for more this year.

There will be plenty of food available, beginning at 11 a.m. The committee will again be serving up grilled cheeseburgers, an annual favorite. Also on the menu will be chicken corn noodle soup and other side dishes.

The featured menu item will be large, juicy apple dumplings. They can be eaten warm or cold, plain or with milk or ice cream. The committee suggests pre-ordering apple dumplings because only a limited number will be available at the festival. Tickets can be purchased from any ACD committee member. The cost is $4 each or three dumplings for $10. Pre-ordered dumplings can be picked up at the pavilion the day of the festival. They are packaged individually and freeze well.

Various activities will take place throughout the day. The haunted house can be toured during the day or evening and children can enjoy pony rides from 10 a.m. until noon. children can work off excess energy in inflatables. Clothing and straw for stuffing will be available for participants to build their own scarecrows. All types of games will be available.

Visitors can bring their own pumpkin and carving tools and enter the pumpkin carving contest. Something new for 2012 is an apple peeling contest; apples and tools will be provided. There is a nominal charge for these activities.

There will also be plenty of free activities. Smaller children can spend time digging in large boxes of corn or frolicking in the giant hay pile. The entire family can jump into a wagon for a ride around the grove. The annual pumpkin chucking contest has prizes in a number of age groups.

Another free activity is the return engagement of Critter Caravan Exotic Animal shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

As the day begins to wind down, fair goers are invited to gather around the campfire at 6 p.m. For $2, guests get a hot dog for roasting, marshmallows for toasting, a drink and chips.

The day’s finale (for those who dare) will be a scary hayride through the grove and into the woods. A $3 ticket will buy a spot on the hay wagon that will creak past a jail, cemetery and the forgotten swamp, not to mention a chance to meet some very interesting characters along the way.

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