Burlington’s 39th Annual Old-Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival is coming soon – October 6-7, 2012 on the Burlington Campus of Burlington United Methodist Family Services. The free admission grounds open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. both days. Please no pets allowed on campus grounds.
Are you interested in food? Well, we have it—country ham, apple dumplings, apple pies, bake sale, beef roasted in a pit of coals, funnel cakes, hot dogs, french fries, kettle corn, and best of all APPLE BUTTER, made the old-fashioned way in copper kettles over open fires, simmering for hours. All are welcome to come to Burlington the week prior to the festival during the hours of 5:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. to see and help to make the apple butter. Apple butter canned with the added ingredients of “Faith, Hope, and Prayer.”
Do you like music? Well, there will be free live bluegrass and gospel entertainment performed on the Apple Harvest stage both days of the festival. How about a parade? Here comes the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday’s events will begin with a worship service at 10:00 a.m., at 10:30 a.m. there will be registration for the Banjo, Fiddle, and Mandolin contests to begin at 12:00 noon, featuring all divisions. Baby Apple Dumpling is also announced during Sunday’s main stage festivities.
Other events that are planned for the two day festival include, 3 huge tents filled with more than 100 artisans and crafters, open air flea market, Baby Apple Dumpling contest, Antique Auto, Tractor, Small Engine Show (to be held at the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department), games, and so much more fun. Parking is paid by donations and shuttle buses are provided. Shuttle bus parking will be located at the Van Myra, Burlington VFD, Flying W. Farms, and Thornes. Shuttles will begin running at 9 a.m. both days.
Why so much hustle and bustle during the entire week? Because it’s for the kids! The Burlington United Methodist Family Services Auxiliary, who sponsor the event, will use the profits from the festival to benefit the children, youth and families of the Burlington and Beckley Campuses of the Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. (www.bumfs.org