MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - If you're visiting the Eastern Panhandle this weekend, you had better have an affinity for apples.
The 27th annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival kicks off today, and the four-day festival isn't limited to one city. Activities are scheduled in Martinsburg, Kearneysville, Charles Town and Inwood starting today with orchard tours and educational talks in Kearneysville. The festival wraps up Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Berkeley County Youth Fair Grounds in Martinsburg.
Friday and Saturday's activities include baking and pie contests, an apple art contest, an apple growers contest, an apple variety identification contest, and an "Apple Trample" 5-kilometer run.
Brittany Gawronski, 15, of Falling Waters, W.Va., plans to enter her Mile High Apple Pie, a recipe she makes from scratch, into Friday's pie contest.