Monday, October 07, 2013

Visiting the Apple Harvest Festival

A steam engine at the National Apple Festival, near Arendtsville PA
 October is the month of fairs and festivals in Pennsylvania, and this past weekend was the first weekend for the National Apple Harvest Festival, one of my favorites of the year. Perhaps what I enjoy the most is the festival’s location—nestled at the foot of a mountain surrounded by rolling hills of apple orchards.  Tall pines dot the festival grounds.  Nothing is paved, nothing is new and the food is outstanding.
Of course I eat too much at these events.  And I buy too many things, but that’s what you’re supposed to do.  So I bought a loaf of iced apple cinnamon bread, brought home some venison sticks and elk jerky, ate apple crisp and drank homemade soda.  I always say I’m going to buy Christmas gifts, but this year I didn’t buy any of those. I think I spent too much on food to have any left over money for a holiday that’s still more than two months away.

This year the weather was sunny and verging on hot.  Weather for this festival hits at a time of year when almost any meteorological event can occur.  I’ve been to festivals when it was cold enough to snow and now I’ve been to one that felt more like July than October.  I prefer the colder years, but then I always prefer colder weather to hotter temperatures.

The festival runs this upcoming weekend, too, and I’d love to go back, but I think I’ve managed to spend all the money I need to for a while.  It will be safer (and cheaper) if I just don’t go again this year. But don’t let that stop anyone else!


Granny Sue said...

I agree with you--prefer colder to warmer weather. The festival sounds like fun--we're into apples big time here, so many to do up and so little time to do them. I am hoping they'll keep in the cellar for a while.

Sharkbytes said...

Looks like a great place to have fun.