Apple Harvest Festival enjoyable to the core

October 17, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

If you go


What: 30th annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Berkeley County Youth Fair Grounds, Golf Course Road, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Cost: $3, ages 7 and older; ages 6 and younger admitted free

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MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Saturday was a wet day as the 30th annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival continued in Martinsburg.

But the rainy weather didn't affect the Arts & Crafts Show at the Berkeley County Youth Fair Grounds

"Even though it drizzled part of the day, the crafts are inside," said Tammy Houser, director of the Arts & Crafts Show.


Houser said she hopes more than 5,000 people will attend the show, which continues today.

"We have everything from stained glass artwork to hand-forged ironwork," Houser said. "And people can buy the apple dumplings made by the Martinsburg High School choir."

Pam Ayers, a parent who volunteers for the choir, said about 7,300 dumplings were made and they sell out every year. The funds go toward supporting the choir, she said.

The Good Times Show Choir will perform today at 3 p.m. inside the performance building at the fairgrounds.

George S. Orr & Sons Inc. of Martinsburg took first place in the apple growers' contest with an apple that weighed in at 1 pound, 9.7 ounces.

Domenick Palmer of Martinsburg took first place for the best apple arrangement. The flesh of the red and golden apples he used was shaped into individual roses and then arranged into a bouquet.

Lisa Duvall, coordinator for the apple contests, said the judging was held Saturday morning.

"The weather may be better (today)," she said. "We have apple-peeling and apple-eating contests."

Donnie Rexrode of Don's Wood Crafts of Waynesboro, Va., said he has been a crafter at the show for 25 years.

Rexrode's handmade wood crafts had Casey Cordell of Martinsburg challenged. Cordell was attempting to get a ball into the basket with the spoon basketball game that Rexrode made.

Cordell said he comes to the craft show every year. He said he wanted to purchase the basketball game.

Cordell works as a yardmaster at the Hagerstown railroad at Bardo Yard and he wants his fellow co-workers to try their hands at spoon basketball, he said.

Jamie and Shawn White of Charles Town, W.Va., said they enjoyed the festival despite the rain.

"Hopefully, (today's) weather will bring more people," Shawn White said.

"There are a lot of good crafts here at good prices," Jamie White said.

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