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For one boy, Chambersburg's AppleFest is love at first bite

October 20, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • It was love at first bite for 18-month-old Ethan Elbertson of Shippensburg, Pa., after he bit into a caramel apple Saturday at AppleFest in Chambersburg, Pa.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Thousands of eager festival-goers flocked Saturday to Chambersburg to sample the tasty treats and handmade crafts at the annual AppleFest.

The festival, sponsored by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, featured hundreds of craft and food vendors lined along North and South Main streets and Lincoln Way.

Organizers estimate that between 15,000 and 18,000 people attend the event each year.

Apples took center stage at the festival, and definitely were a hit with 18-month-old Ethan Elbertson of Shippensburg, Pa.

It was love at first bite for the toddler as he chewed on a caramel apple purchased from Olympia Candy Kitchen in Chambersburg.

“I thought I was going to get some,” said Ethan’s mother, Kristy Elbertson. “But it doesn’t look like it.”
Ethan gnawed the sticky caramel off the apple, leaving only the apple behind for his mother.

“He came with me last year, but he was really tiny,” Kristy Elbertson said. “I’m sure he doesn’t remember it.”

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Hopefully, he’ll remember a little more this year, she said.

The square was lined with food vendors selling gyros, cheese steaks, sausages, pit beef, french fries and just about anything else to whet a hungry appetite.

“Mom, there’s the fries I like. Can I try them?” said McKenzie Yuninger, 12, of Chambersburg.

Without too much convincing, McKenzie, her mother, Julie, and grandmother, Lois Gayman, were in line to buy the fried potatoes called butterfly fries or ribbon fries.

“They’re my absolute favorite,” McKenzie said.

She said she would like to try fried Oreos, but she said that’s for the next Chambersburg festival.

The three generations of ladies not only enjoyed the food at AppleFest, they liked the shopping.

“I love seeing all the different, unique shops,” McKenzie said. “It’s a good family activity.”

The crisp fall weather set the perfect backdrop for AppleFest, and festival-goers came out in droves.

Business was booming for Roy and Joan Shertzer of Crafts Just For You of Lancaster, Pa., which sells country crafts.

“Business has been good this year,” Joan Shertzer said.

One of their hottest-selling items were their restored lanterns.

The Shertzers replace the wick with a light bulb and decorate the restored lantern to look like an antique.

“I think people like handmade items,” Shertzer said. “We always have repeat customers.”

Sue Hoffer of Chambersburg, Christina Newcomer of Waynesboro, Pa., and her mother, Mary Rife of Shippensburg, work together at Maranatha Ministries in Chambersburg during the week, but decided to get together Saturday to shop at AppleFest.

While Rife was looking for a specific oil stove lantern with a snowman painted on it, Newcomer was searching for Christmas gifts.

“This is nice because you don’t have to drive far,” Rife said. “It’s in close proximity to a lot of towns (in the area), so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on gas.”

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