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Annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival opens today

October 16, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

From agricultural tours to arts and crafts and celebrity appearances, the 24th annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival offers fun and educational opportunities for the whole family.

The festival kicks off today with tours at the West Virginia University Fruit Tree Research & Education Center and the Appalachian Fruit Tree Research Station, both in Kearneysville, W.Va., and runs through Sunday, Oct. 19.

Friday's events include a free concert and fireworks display at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg, W.Va., following the coronation of Queen Pomona XXIV at the city's historic Apollo Civic Theatre. On Saturday, longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall will speak at a celebrity sports breakfast in Martinsburg. Later in the day, "All My Children" soap opera star Aiden Turner will serve as grand marshal of a parade through the town.

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A slew of activities will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds - including hearty pancake breakfasts, more than 130 top-notch arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, an apple pie auction, antique vehicle show and a variety of apple-related contests, says Cheryl Masterson, executive director of the festival.

Runners can participate in the five-kilometer Apple Trample that starts at noon Saturday in War Memorial Park, and square dancers can kick up their heels Saturday night at North Middle School. A semiformal Grand Ball also will be held Saturday night at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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