Mark your calendars, the Mars Applefest is held the first Saturday in October. And as should be apparent this annual tradition is about, well…apples. So naturally there’s a lot of apples. In pecks and totes and half bushels, these arboreal fruits come fresh from the orchard. As such, visitors come from near and far. The town may be small, but the festival is so, so popular. Oh, and visitors be prepared: fresh apple butter, pressed cider and baked are represented with gusto. Not to be missed is the oh-so-good apple pie at the bake off.
At Applefest there is a great craft show with over 90 vendors selling arts and crafts. This is the type of show where there is plenty of room for both quality crafts and more homely handmade items. Everything from fine jewelry and paintings to more quaint decorations and trinkets are on display. There are boosters for local organizations and kid-friendly knick knacks. In addition to the great crafts there are over a half dozen bands, troupes, and performers take the stage during the festival. Everything from blues and R&B to folk and acoustic are represented. There is also a farmers market with a collection of end-of-season harvest. The classic car cruise puts a lot of amazing classic autos up for display through the festival and is well worth the time to check out.
A tremendous amount of outpouring from the community makes Applefest a reality. This is especially true of the local churches who host tents with kid activities and games. There are lots of fun kid-centered things to do, such as face painting and fun activities like a live version of Where’s Waldo. There is a petting zoo as well musicals and shows geared towards children. Being a town called Mars there is a strange propensity to the extra-terrestrial; thus the town’s statue of a sauce spacecraft. This little piece of Americana is much beloved and a popular flashpoint in the festivities. Visitors of the town and the festival have the chance for an awesome photo opportunity!
Admission is free and parking is in town with a shuttle provided.