The Village of Warwick welcomed guests on Sun., Oct. 6 from near and far during the annual Applefest celebration produced by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The day included an extraordinary variety of Warwick’s delicious apples, culture, entertainment, Victorian charm and agricultural bounty. The festival takes place within the Village, but many of the local orchards and farms in the town also benefit greatly from the large crowds the event draws. Dozens of local nonprofit organizations, businesses and nearly 300 vendors of all kinds helped to make this year’s festival a success.
There were a wide variety of food and craft vendors. Children enjoyed carnival rides and family-friendly activities at Stanley-Deming Park. Adorable furry friends were out and about with members of the Warwick Valley Humane Society who sold raffle tickets, pet costumes, clothing, and accessories.
Members of the Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center offered horse and pony rides for adults and children, and ‘Reenies Rabbit Rescue’ provided a rabbit petting area. Festivities wouldn’t be complete without face painting, balloons, and henna tattoos for kids. Free musical entertainment was provided on several different stages throughout the Village.
Local town and elected officials also joined in on the fun with their own tent located on Railroad Ave. Applefest 2019 T-shirts were available for sale at the “Applefest Information” Chamber of Commerce Caboose located on South St. This year’s Applefest T-shirt winner was a design created by Connie Hegner of Warwick.
Pie Eating Contest Winners
The Warwick Valley Farmers Market and Noble Pies hosted an apple pie baking contest and apple pie eating contest for adults and juniors. The contest was held at the apple pie booth located on Bank St. The winner of the adult pie eating contest was James Brightbill of Warwick, who was equipped with an appetite and a strong determination to win. The junior pie eating contest winner was Kaylin Wagner.
The Safest Place in Town
As always, safety is a priority during the annual Applefest event. It helps keep the flow and volume of the festival moving and helps in the overall success of the event, each year.
Members of the Warwick Police Department were visibly and non-visibly active throughout the Town during Applefest. These brave men and women help ensure the safety of all who attend the festival each year. They were joined by members of the New York State Police K-9 Unit who gained the affection of many crowd goers who received a chance to meet and pet the K9 Officers as they passed by.
On almost every corner on every street, a police officer or police vehicle could be seen. This helped provide a great sense of safety and security for locals, guests and vendors. Members of the Warwick Fire Dept. and Warwick EMS were also on hand throughout the event.
History of Applefest
Applefest began in 1989 as a simple harvest celebration. The event was held in the streets and parks in the Village of Warwick. The event has grown to become a major event for the mid-Hudson region. Proceeds of the festival help benefit the Warwick Valley Chamber, and many other local and non-profit organizations. This fun-filled family festival has become an event that many people look forward to each year.
Additional information on the annual Applefest celebration in Warwick can be found by visiting www.warwickapplefest.com.
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