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Applefest Underway in Franklin

Friday, October 5, 2018 @ 12:10 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

22338931_1675728189166531_3155381204317403752_oFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The 36th Annual Applefest is underway in downtown Franklin.

(Photo by Greg Knox of Bright Ideas Learning Center & Photography.)

More than 300 craft and food vendors, as well as live entertainment, are highlighting the three-day celebration that began today, Friday, October 5, and ends on Sunday, October 7.

The Applefest event began as a pie-eating contest in 1982 and has grown to one of rural Pennsylvania’s biggest events. But, its true roots were found in the fabled folk hero John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, who lived in the Franklin area from 1797 to 1804. Chapman planted apple trees throughout the area and across the Midwest.

According to its website, franklinapplefest.com, more than 30 years ago, a newcomer to the Franklin area, Mrs. Lee Chapman, no relation to John Chapman, was impressed with the abundance of red apples that grew in the Franklin area and visited the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce office expressing “enchantment” with the area.

Coming from an arid region of South Africa, Chapman was especially impressed and thought the apples should be celebrated and would make a fabulous basis for an event that could help improve the spirits and instill some old-fashioned community pride in the residents who had been hard hit by an economic downturn.

Combining Mrs. Chapman’s suggestion with the area’s historical link to the fabled folk hero Johnny Appleseed, the idea for Applefest was born.

The event began at 6:00 a.m. today with the much-anticipated Apple Pancake Breakfast at St. Patrick School (Sponsored by Edward Jones), located at 10th and Buffalo Streets.

Along with the craft and food vendors, some local retailers, like Feldman Jewelers, are hosting special sales, as well.

Lewis noted that one change this year is that all of the apple dumplings will be homemade by students at the Venango Technology Center.

Here is a look at the lineup of events:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

Arts/Crafts/Entertainment – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce

Apple Pancake Breakfast – 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Patrick School, 10th & Buffalo Streets, Handicap Accessible, Sponsored by Edward Jones (Chris, Merralee, Brian, Shannon)

In-Store Antique Estate Jewelry Sale – Estate & jewelry sale at Feldman Jewelers, 1260 Liberty St., Oct. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more info, call (814)432-5925 or (800)748-1895

Farmer’s Market – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 12th Street

DeBence Antique Music World Tours – Guided tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1261 Liberty Street

Victorian Residential Architecture Walking Tours – Tour 1 (H5): 10:30 a.m. – meet at 12th & Elk St; Tour 2 (C6)– 2 p.m., meet in front of the Quality Inn & Conference Center Sponsored and led by Franklin Rotary Club

Church Tour – Franklin Preservation – The church is located at 11th and Buffalo Street (across from the playground) Tours will be at 2 p.m.

Ashleigh Bennett – Bandstand Park, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Max Schang – Fountain Park’s Food Court, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Deanna Wolfgong – Bandstand Park, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Specialty Fabrication & Powder Coating

HOLeY Jeans – Food Court, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Johnny Appleseed – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – be sure to say hello to Johnny Appleseed as he strolls through Applefest

Church Tour – Franklin Preservation The church is located at 11th and Buffalo Street (across from the playground) Tours will be at 1 p.m.

FHS Madrigal – 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m., Bandstand Park – enjoy the sounds of local high school talent

Bill Huber, Jr., and Joe Liotta – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Fountain Park’s Food Court

Porch Music – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fountain Park’s Food Court

Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS – Franklin Civic Operetta Association presents Mel Brook’s The Producers at the Barrow-Civic Theatre, 1223 Liberty St., Sept. 28 and 29, Oct. 4, 5, and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 30 – 2 p.m. For tickets call 814-437-3440 or visit www.barrowtheatre.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

Arts/Crafts/Entertainment – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Heavy Equipment Display – ITC Liberty at 13th Street

Tractor Displat – McCoy Equipment at 13th Street

Buffet Breakfast $8.00 per person – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Myrtle Lodge #316, 1257 Liberty Street – tickets available at the door

Growing Through Challenges Obstacle Course – PNC employees will be on hand to help children as they make their way through the bank’s outdoor obstacle course. Through their participation, children (ages 2 – 6) will prepare for success in life. An award will be presented to each participant. Sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great.

Hidden in Plain Sight – A mock teen bedroom in a trailer to educate parents about the everyday itemsthat might indicate drug use. The trailer has been used extensively at many events, received national recognition and is now being duplicated by other counties and states. It is owned by Lake Erie Youth Road Crew, a group of 7-12th graders “Reaching Out Against Destruction” in Erie County. It was created as an Eagle Scout project in memory of a brother lost to drugs and in an effort to educate others. The trailer will be available for tours. DUI Trailer Display on 12th Street.

In-Store Antique Estate Jewelry Sale – Estate & jewelry sale at Feldman Jewelers, 1260 Liberty St., Oct. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more info, call (814)432-5925 or (800)748-1895

Venango Regional Airport Fly-In – Complimentary breakfast & shuttle service for fly-in vistors to Applefest.

Church Tour – Franklin Preservation – The church is located at 11th and Buffalo Street (across from the playground) Tours will be at 1 p.m.

Buy One-Get One Cosmic Bowling – Buffalo Street Lanes – 1244 Buffalo Street, Franklin – 814-432-4310, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.; 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Farmer’s Market – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 12th Street

DeBence Antique Music World Tours – Guided tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1261 Liberty Street

Tiffany Window Tours – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1145 Buffalo St. Tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Doors open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri & Sat.

Applefest 5K “Race for Any Pace” – 10 a.m., Liberty St. (runners, walkers & wheelchairs). Registration at YMCA (Otter & West Park Street). Call (814)432-2138 for more information

Porch Music Store – $5.00 off a Porch Music Store Build Your Own Canjo Workshop (on the hour) on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 409-411 13th Street, Franklin PA 16323.

Apple Pie Baking Contest – Deliver pies to the Barrow Theatre, 1223 Liberty Street, between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pies must be in disposable pans. Winners will be announced in the Bandstand at 5 p.m.

Victorian Residental Architecture Walking Tours – Tour 1 (H5): 10:30 a.m. – meet at 12th & Elk St; Tour 2 (C6): 2 p.m., meet in front of the Quality Inn & Conference Center Sponsored and led by Franklin Rotary Club

Max Schang and Charlie Barath – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Food Court

Franklin Silver Cornet Band – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Bandstand Park

Mostly Brass – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Food Court

Johnny Appleseed – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to say hello to Johnny Appleseed as he strolls through Applefest

CareyOn – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bandstand Park

Franklin High School Marching Band 1:30 p.m. on Liberty Street

Suzi and Joe – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Food Court

Studio 22 Dancers – 2:30 p.m. on Liberty Street

Franklin YMCA Magic AllStar Cheerleaders – 3 p.m. on Liberty Street

Bryan Schwab and the Static Gypsies – 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Bandstand Park Sponsored by Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union

Air Mosaics – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Food Court

Apple Pie Eating Contest – 4 p.m. in front of the Information Gazebo – Be sure to enter your name at the Information Gazebo (H6) if you would like to try to be a contestant. Who can eat their pie the fastest? Stop by and cheer them on.

BBQ Chicken Dinner – St. Patrick School – 10th and Buffalo 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Bbq Chicken dinner includes 2 pieces of chicken, baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert – to-go’s available – $11.00 per person

Contest Winners Announced – 5:30 p.m. at the Bandstand

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

Arts/Crafts/Entertainment 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Franklin Elks Breakfast– 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Elks Lodge located 13th & Buffalo. Open to the public. $10 for adults, $8 for children. Tickets available at the door. Benefits the Elks Home Service Nurses’ Program. For more info, call 814-432-8119.

Antique and Classic Car Cruise – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Liberty and 12th Streets. Sponsored by First United National Bank

Venango Regional Airport Fly-In – Complimentary breakfast & shuttle service for fly-in visitors to Applefest

In-Store Antique Estate Jewelry Sale – Estate & jewelry sale at Feldman Jewelers, 1260 Liberty St., Oct. 7-9. For more info, call (814)432-5925 or (800)748-1895

Uncharted Course – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Food Court

Max Schang – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Bandstand Park

Farmer’s Market – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 12th Street

DeBence Antique Music World Tours – Guided tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1261 Liberty Street

Church Tour – Franklin Preservation – The church is located at 11th and Buffalo Street (across from the playground) Tours will be at 1 p.m.

Tiffany Window Tours – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1145 Buffalo St., 2 p.m.

Samatha Sears – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Food Court

Johnny Appleseed – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to say hello to Johnny Appleseed as he strolls through Applefest

Duck Race – 2 p.m. – Easter Seals of Western Pennsylvania Duck Race in the fountain at Fountain Park. Prizes awarded – call 437-3071

Victorian Residential Architecture Walking Tours – 1 p.m., Meet at 12th & Elk Streets Sponsored and led by Franklin Rotary Club

Jada Vance, American Idol 2013 Contestant – 1 p.m to 4 p.m. in the Bandstand. Sponsored by Grand Sponsor – Clarion County Community Bank

Joe Liotta – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Food Court

Wild Will Ion – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Food Court

ONGOING EVENTS

Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS Franklin Civic Operetta Association presents Mel Brook’s The Producers at the Barrow-Civic Theatre, 1223 Liberty Street. For tickets call 814-437-3440 or visit www.barrowtheatre.com.

Franklin Public Library Used Book Sale – 421 Twelfth St. – 10/1-10/5 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 10/6 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 10/7- 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Gigantic Book Fair – Venango County Historical Society – Giant Book Fair; used books of all types. 307 S. Park Street – Oct. 4, 5, and 6 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 7 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Historical House Open House – $5.00

Happy 150th Anniversary – Venango County Courthouse Tours – Oct. 5 and 6 – times to be announced

Farmer’s Market – 12th Street – Oct. 5 and 6, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; Oct. 7- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Venango Regional Airport Fly-In – Oct. 6 and 7 – Complimentary breakfast and shuttle service for fly-in visitors coming to Applefest

Johnny Appleseed will be strolling through the festival Oct. 5 and 6 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 7 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to say hello.

In-store Antique Estate Jewelry Sale – Estate & jewelry sale at Feldman Jewelers, 1260 Liberty St., Oct. 5-7. For more info, call (814)432-5925 or (800)748-1895

FREE Applefest Coloring Station (prizes awarded) and $5.00 off a Porch Music Store Build Your Own Canjo Workshop (on the hour) – on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Porch Music Store 409-411 13th Street, Franklin PA 16323. Come get your photo taken with the frog and win a chance to win a FREE Ukulele!

Tiffany Window Tours – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1145 Buffalo St., Oct. 5, 6 – Choice of 3 tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.; Oct. 7 tour at 2 p.m. Doors open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. There is a per person charge for tours.

Hospitality Center – The Hospitality Ministry of First Presbyterian Church offers restrooms, diaper changing station, free water, a place to eat and relax. Offering self-guided stained glass window tours & quiet meditation in the sanctuary. Located at the corner of West Park and Elk Streets across from Fountain Park. Ongoing hospitality during the days and hours of Applefest. Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church

Face Painting – HOLeY Jeans will be face painting for donations at the West Park Street Gazebo from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 and Oct. 6, and 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 7

For more information, directions, and planning a stay, see its webpage at franklinapplefest.com.

View Applefest’s schedule of events here.

Sponsors

Golden Sponsors

Clarion County Community Bank
Edward Jones
The City of Franklin, Pa.
PNC
Forever Media
UPMC Health Plan

Major Sponsors

Barber’s Orchard
Caldwell Printing Services
Clarion University, Venango
Community Ambulance Service
First National Bank
Franklin Industrial & Commercial Development Authority
FrenchCreek Production
Gibbons Business Solutions
Huff-Guthrie Funeral Home and Cremation Services
IPEG
Jones Party Magic
King’s Landscaping
Komatsu Mining Corp.
Lepley Bus Service
Liberty Electronics, Inc.
Lowry Auto Body
Prime Fitness
Professional Audio Services
Quality Inn & Conference Center
Shaw Industries
Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating
UPMC Northwest
Venango Steel, Inc.
Welding Technologies

Sponsors

Checker Safety Group
Cranberry Township
Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm
Farmers National Bank of Emlenton
First United National Bank
Franklin Animal Clinic
Franklin Bronze Precision Components
Franklin Elks #110
Franklin Giant Eagle
Franklin Oil Region Credit Union
Friedhaber’s
Gilmore Audiology
Hartle Dental, LLC
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Honeywell Safety Products
Industrial Truck and Crane, Inc.
Northwest
Stephen Cenedella, MD
Stifel
The Caring Place
Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home
WM R. Karns Plumbing & HVAC Inc.

Patrons

Atlantic Avenue United Brethren Church
Buffalo Street Lanes
Callaghan’s Pharmacy
First Presbyterian Church – Franklin
FoxTales Pub
Franklin & Titusville Insurance Agencies
Franklin Bronze Plaques
Franklin Gardeners Association
Franklin Masonic Lodge
Franklin Retail & Business Association
Galaxy Federal Credit Union
Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc.
Heath Oil, Inc.
Helen S. Cummings
Holtz Riverview Massage
Jones Hardwoods, Inc.
Kelly’s Pools and Spas
Kirtland Cancer Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Franklin
Lake Tool, Inc.
M&D Paving
McCoy Equipment Sales
McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP
Michael Dill, Agent State Farm Insurance
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
Oil Region Alliance
Paoletta Counselling Services
Rotary Club of Franklin
Sandy K. Hovis Insurance Agency, Inc.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
State Senator Scott Hutchinson
Teresa Russell
Venango County Historical Society
Barrow-Civic Theatre
Butler Health System
Central Electric Cooperative
City of Franklin
Cranberry Pennzoil
Crosby’s
Eric A. Padin, Attorney at Law
Family Service & Children’s Aid Society
Feldman Jewelers
Franklin Elks #110
Heath Oil, Inc.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Myers Custom Woodworks
Overhead Door
Prime Fitness
Quality Inn & Conference Center
Spanky’s Tobacco World
Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating
VFW Jesse G. Greer Post 1835
Voyten Electric and Electronics
Beith Associates
Housing Authority, City of Franklin
The Witherup House


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