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Plenty of activities to do at Annual Apple Festival in Greencastle

October 13, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Lauren Rippeon, 5, of Hagerstown and her cousin, Ady Tressler, 9, of Greencastle, Pa., take a break from all of the activities Saturday at the 29th annual Apple Festival at the Tayamentasachta Center for Environmental Studies in Greencastle.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — No one had to twist Kristen Fischer’s arm to stand over a tray of fresh-baked apple dumplings, breathing in the aroma of apples and cinnamon, as she served hungry customers at Saturday’s Apple Festival at the Tayamentasachta Center for Environmental Studies.

The Greencastle-Antrim High School junior has been helping with the apple dumplings since she was 7 years old and could help roll out a piece of dough.

While there were plenty of other activities at the Apple Festival, she didn’t plan on moving from her post because in her mind, she had the best job at the festival.

“It smells good, and then you get to eat them,” she said. “They are really good.”

Hundreds stood in line to buy the $3.50 apple-and-dough treat. Proceeds from the 1,500 apple dumplings sold will benefit the Tayamentasachta Education Advisory Committee, which supports educational programs for the district’s students and the community, said Kerrie Barnes, director of environmental studies.

Barnes said the day was a success and always is a hit with families.

“You can do a lot of things and have fun for very little cost, and it’s for a good cause,” she said.

While apples were the main attraction, there also were crafts, displays, demonstrations and wagon rides to help round out the day.

The Greencastle-Antrim High School Art Club offered face-painting, scarecrow making and pumpkin decorating at the festival.

Michel Baumbaugh of Greencastle was feeling a little angelic Saturday, and Kayla Stahl painted her face to match her mood.

“I couldn’t decide (which one to have painted). I flipped through the book and thought this one (of an angel) would be the cutest,” Baumbaugh said.

As Stahl added some sparkles to Baumbaugh’s face to complete the masterpiece, Baumbaugh said she came to the festival for fun.

“I wish I would have brought my dog,” she said. “She just really likes people.”

With a scarecrow made, Melanie Roby of Greencastle decided it was time to decorate pumpkins.

She was doing double duty, helping her daughters, Evelyn, 5, and Sylvie Anne, 23 months, decorate them.

“We came last year and the kids had a great time, so we decided to come back again this year,” Roby said.

For the Yelton family, the Apple Festival is an annual event.

“It’s a beautiful day, and it’s tradition to come,” said Gigi Yelton of Greencastle.

The Yelton children, Jake, 8, and Georgia, 4, helped their father, coach Fred Yelton, raise funds for the high school wrestling program by digging into some ice cream at his stand at the Apple Festival.

“It’s a great time to come out and support the school, to support Greencastle and the school farm,” Yelton said. “Not many communities have this.”

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