I saw the story online in the Cumberland County Sentinel. The National Apple Harvest Festival, which takes place in Arendtsville Pennsylvania every year, saw a great turnout this past weekend and people were spending money. It seems they aren’t that worried about the economic downturn at all.
Does that mean John McCain is right when he says the fundamentals of the economy are strong? Well, you might be tempted to think so, but keep in mind that if people travel then they expect to spend money. People will generally not spend money they don’t have. If they don’t have the money to travel then they won’t be tourists. Gettysburg’s economy seems to be doing just fine.
That doesn’t mean the economy is doing well overall. Certain segments of it are doing just fine and depending on who you ask, the Gettysburg and Adams County economy are still thriving on tourism dollars.
If you like festivals and love apples then you’ll have a second chance to attend the National Apple Harvest Festival. The second weekend takes place this coming weekend and you’ll have all kinds of fun in one of Adams County’s most attended and beloved events.
If you didn’t make it to the National Apple Harvest Festival this weekend then you still have another chance. The festival continues next weekend in Arendtsville Pennsylvania.
Arendtsville is just a few miles outside of Gettysburg. Visitors to Gettysburg Pennsylvania on October 11 an 12 can attend the festival and see the area’s best entertainment. The line up for the weekend includes Lykens Valley Bluegrass Boys, Mexican Folkloria Dance, Time Travelers, Carroll County Cloggers, Antique Auto Awards, Time Travelers, Dulcimer Dan, Appalachian Art (Chainsaw Carving/Pottery/Spray Art), Middle Creek Tractor Swingers, Bob Plunkert & Real Country, Bermudian Springs Steel Band, and lots of cool things for the kids.
Be sure not to miss the National Apple Harvest Festival in Arendtsville this weekend.
In addition to the Apple Harvest Festival kicking off tomorrow, there is a Walk of Remembrance scheduled at Codorus Park in Hanover. The walk is to remember people who have lost their lives and is a great opportunity for people who have lost a loved one to walk in their honor while also getting out and enjoying nature. Some local nonprofits will be available to answer questions about their missiosn as well.
If you are from out of town and not familiar with the area, Codorus State Park is a beautiful area amenity. I recommend you start the day off with a walk of remembrance, which kicks off at 11 a.m. (registration begins at 10 a.m.) then head on over to Arendstville for the Apple Harvest Festival. If you can’t fit both in tomorrow then save the Apple Harvest Festival for Sunday. Commune with nature at Codorus State Park.
Well, we are just days away from the National Apple Harvest Festival, which takes place in Arendtsville, near Gettysburg every year. The festival kicks off on Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 5 and also on Oct. 10 and 11. That’s right, two complete weekends of good old-fashioned fun.
The Apple Harvest Festival features some of the best entertainment in the country. This is the 44th annual festival and every year it just gets better. At 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, Ray Owen starts up with his Chicken Karaoke. From there the entertainment value goes up and up.
Among the entertainment scheduled for the two weekends are:
- Topper the Clown
- Apple Magic by Jerry Mickey
- Johnny Appleseed’s Contest
- Facing Painting
- Kid’s Crafts
- Petting Zoo
- Native American Dancers
- Dulcimer Dan
- Chainsaw Carving Pottery
- Antique Autos
- Hanover Children’s Ballet Theatre & Co
- Hundreds of arts and crafts vendors
- Hay Rides
- And a whole lot more
The National Apple Harvest Festival is one of the most attended and fun events in Adams County. People come from several states around every year to attend and it’s just miles from Gettysburg. If you’re visiting the area Oct. 4-5 or Oct. 10-11 then make it a point to see the festival for yourself.
Adams County Pennsylvania is called Apple Country for a reason. If you want tasty, beautiful apples then this is the place to go. Biglerville, a small town just to the north of Gettysburg about seven miles, is the home of the National Apple Museum. Arendtsville, three miles west of Biglerville, plays host to the annual Apple Harvest Festival and Apple Blossom Festival, held in the Fall and Spring every year, respectively.
Apple season is almost upon us. It will be just around the corner and people will flock to Adams County Pennsylvania to pick, eat, and take home the best apples in the world. You can pick your own apples on one of the many farms here in the county and enjoy the great entertainment offered by the upcoming Apple Harvest Festival. You can even take a scenic drive through the county and view the beautiful orchards from your car. There’s more to do in Gettysburg than just see the old battlefield. If you like apples, come to Adams County Pennsylvania for some grand apples and make your own apple sauce.
Two of Gettysburg’s nearest cities with a population more than 50,000 are in Maryland. Frederick, Maryland is the nearest with more than 50,000 and Baltimore, Maryland is the nearest city with more than 200,000 residents. The nearest city with more than 1,000,000 residents is Philadelphia and it’s 144 miles.
Nearby small towns include Biglerville, just seven miles away, Arendtsville, which is almost eight miles, and York, Pa., a good half hour drive. There’s plenty to do here.
Arendtsville is where the annual Apple Blossom Festival takes place. Biglerville is the home of the Apple Museum. And, of course, York has its own historical flavor. Baltimore and Philadelphia likely need no introduction. There is plenty to do in both cities and each has its own historical and cultural significance. What I mean is, fun is just a day drive away. But if you don’t feel like driving, you can always get in trouble in Gettysburg.
The Evening Sun reports that tourism to the Gettysburg area has gone up this year despite the rise in gas prices. But tourists are spending less money than in the past. That’s not surprising. People still have to adjust their budgets to the new economy and a part of that budgeting includes gas prices. If they drive from somewhere else to get here that’s going to eat into their spending money.
Local tourism experts are saying that tourism throughout the year will stay up. Events coming up will keep people coming back and that’s a good thing. The Apple Harvest Festival and other upcoming events usually do well to draw a crowd and the expectations are the same. Fall events will keep Gettysburg Pennsylvania in the limelight. There’s no doubt.
Upcoming Gettysburg area events include:
Gettysburg Music and Wine Festival, Gateway Gettysburg, September 6-7
National Apple Harvest Festival, Arendtsville, October 4-5 and October 11-12,
Remembrance Day parade, November 19
Gettysburg Pennsylvania is a happening place. The two big events of the year are behind us, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to look forward to. There are some thing coming up soon that you definitely do not want to miss out on. Look for these upcoming events:
LPGA Duramed FUTURES Tour - Ladies golf is not as well publicized as the PGA, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting. The Links at Gettysburg will host the upcoming LPGA Duramed FUTURES Tour beginning August 22, 2008.
4th Annual Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival – Like wine and music? Then you definitely do not want to miss the 4th Annual Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival. Takes place on September 6, 2008 at Gateway Gettysburg.
American Kitefliers Association Grand National Convention – On September 23, 2008, kite fliers from all over North America will converge upon Gettysburg for its 31st annual convention. If you enjoy flying kites then you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on this date and when they say, “Go fly a kite!”, it won’t be such a bad thing.
The National Apple Harvest Festival – Every year for more than 40 years, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania has played host to the National Apple Harvest Festival. This year the festival will take place in October and you definitely do not want to miss it.
My wife and I enjoy picking berries. Just about every week this time of year we are off to some orchard to get our fingers juicy. If you’re a visitor in town there are plenty of places you can go for some berry-pickin’ fun. We drove out to Arendtsville today to Bower’s Orchards and picked sour cherries. While we were there an older gentleman came in wanting to pick sweet cherries, but they were all gone. Sour cherries are ripe for the picking for the next week.
The way berry pickin’ works in these parts is you pick your own and pay for the cherries (or blueberries, raspberries, etc.). You can easily save yourself $3 to $4 per quart by picking your own. We picked a good 30 quarts of cherries today and paid $45. Supermarket prices would have that at well over $120 or $150 for the lot. Even farm prices would cost over $100 for what we picked.
Yes, it’s cherry-pickin’ time and if you’ve never picked your own, all you have to do is find Bower’s Farm in Arendtsville. Just ask around. Someone in town knows where it is.