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Festival a celebration of all things apple

October 10, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Some left in twos, others in groups of five or six. A few had to go it alone, but by Saturday at 12:30 p.m., every last piping hot apple, wrapped snugly in flaky dough, dripping with sweet sticky syrup was on its way to becoming a meal.

Dumpled, pressed, fresh and baked, no matter how you sliced it, the Tayamentasachta Center for Environmental Studies honored the sweet fruit Saturday at its 26th annual Apple Festival.

The event is a celebration of all things apple, center educator Charles White said.

"Apples are a major part of our agriculture because Franklin County is No. 2 in the state for apple production," White said. "This event is designed to educate families about the importance of nature, especially apples."

Apples were everywhere at the festival, but what drew a few thousand people to the historical farm on Leitersburg Street was the whole package, from hay rides and scarecrow making to chicken dinners, apples and pumpkins.

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Emma Rose, 9, of Waynesboro, Pa., stepped on the grounds Saturday with her mother, Aurita, just itching for a hay ride.

"I think I'm going to really, really enjoy the hay rides," Emma said.

"It's a fun thing to get out and do," Aurita Rose said.

Emma was enthralled by the many things to do during her first trip to the festival.

However, Joel Herman, 7, of Greencastle, knew exactly what to expect. For the last seven years, Joel said he has been coming to the festival with his family.

As he and his older sister, Elizabeth, stuffed Joel another scarecrow with the help of the Greencastle-Antrim High School Art Club, he said he comes because it's fun.

Even when no more dumplings were to be had, White said people still were enjoying the 500-plus barbecue chicken dinners, buying lemonade from the primary school to help fight childhood cancer, sampling honey and tasting the Greencastle-Antrim Women's Club food.

"Its great. We've sold out of everything," White said as the event wound down. "Though what is important is that a lot of families came out to enjoy the day."

Proceeds from the dumplings and chicken barbecue benefited the Tayamentasachta Center for Environmental Studies as one of its major fundraising efforts.

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