Apple Festival at Locust Run Church: A Community Event Celebrating Fall
The annual Apple Festival at the Locust Run Church in Thompsontown has become one of the most popular fall events in the community. This year, the festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church located at 25 Locust Run Road.
With its humble beginnings as a neighborhood outreach, the Apple Festival has grown significantly over the years. Last year, the festival attracted about 200 people, and the organizers are expecting an even larger turnout this year.
Attendees can look forward to a variety of vendors, including a craft, food, and flea market. The flea market is particularly popular among campers and collectors who come to browse antiques and collectibles. Additionally, there will be mums, pumpkins, and gourds available for sale.
One of the highlights of the festival is the opportunity to watch fresh apple cider being made on-site. Attendees can even bring their own jug to fill up with cider. Gallons of cider are priced at $5, with proceeds going to benefit the local food pantry. Apple butter will also be given away for free.
Wood lathe artist Francis Ranck, a member of the Locust Run Church, has graciously donated a handmade apple for this year’s festival. The apple will be awarded to the winner of the apple pie contest.
The organizers hope to attract more vendors to the event, as set-up is free. They are particularly interested in having vendors selling coffee, popcorn, and wood crafts, among other talents.
A free lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., offering hot dogs, chili, and a drink while the food lasts. The proceeds from the baked goods table will go towards supporting mission projects. Last year’s earnings helped an underprivileged family pay some bills.
The apple pie contest is always a fan favorite, with the winning pie and other baked goods available to eat in exchange for a donation. Pies must be brought to the festival by 9 a.m. All proceeds from the festival will benefit church missions.
For more information about the Apple Festival at Locust Run Church, please call (717) 736-6668.
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