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Bushel of fun awaits Delmont's Apple 'N Arts Festival-goers

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:31 p.m.

There's a bushel of fun for all ages at this weekend's Apple 'N Arts Festival in Delmont.

Organizers recruited more than 30 food vendors, 150 crafters and nearly a dozen entertainment acts to celebrate the festival's 30th anniversary this fall.

“We try to have a good variety,” said Joan Chiea, a board member for the event.

“There's just something for everyone in the family. The food is wonderful, and the crafters are fantastic – it should keep people interested for hours.”

A Delmont tradition, the Apple ‘N Arts festival features everything from arts and crafts to bushels of homegrown apples.

The festival is held in conjunction with the Fort Allen Antique Farm Association, which hosts threshing and bailing demonstrations, a blacksmith demonstration and a working saw mill.

The association also sells quarts and gallons of pressed apple cider and hand-picked apples by the half-peck, peck and bushel.

“You can pick your own cooking apple or eating apple,” Chiea said. “It's really a wonderful atmosphere.”

Last year, the festival was marred by two consecutive days of rainthat turned Shields Farm into a woodstockian mess. Tractors were used to pull dozens of cars from the muddy fields, and many vendors left before the festival was over. With highs this weekend forcast to be in the mid-50s and a slim chance of rain both days, organizers are looking forward to an improvement over last year.

“We've been through all types of weather in 30 years,” said Charlene Boroweic, board secretary. “We're hoping it's a perfect fall day this year.”

In keeping with the old-fashioned theme of the festival, a wagon train featuring mules will parade through Delmont on Saturday morning to announce the festival's start.

But the entertainment planned for the rest of the weekend is more modern.

Among the acts scheduled for the festival are a puppet ministry; bands playing country music, oldies, bluegrass and gospel; a Christian drama team, a demonstration from the “Wild World of Animals”; and the annual Baby Apple Cheeks contest. Sunday will feature the traditional apple baking contest, and slices from the winning entries will be sold to patrons.

For children, there will be a petting zoo, ceramic pumpkin painting and, new this year, a Noah's Ark-themed bounce house.

“There's so much to see,” Boroweic said.

“We hope this year's festival will inspire an influx of new volunteers. It's a great event to be a part of.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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