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Applefest Kicks Off Today

Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 12:10 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

Applefest-music-2017-3FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The 37th Annual Applefest kicks off today in downtown Franklin.

More than 300 craft and food vendors, as well as live entertainment, will highlight the three-day celebration that begins on Friday, October 4, and ends on Sunday, October 6.

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,, 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 begins at 6:00 a.m. on Friday 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.

Barr’s Insurance will have a putting green out in front of their Franklin office, 1256 Liberty Street. You could enter for a chance to win. Children under 12 are eligible to win skating for two at State Capital, and individuals over age 12 are eligible to win a $50 Lucky Hills gift card. Every hole in one will get one entry form to complete with name/number.

There will also be live music, Victorian Residential Architecture Walking Tours, and more.

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

View Applefest’s schedule of events here.

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