The Franklin Applefest dubs its event “The Best Three Days of the Year”, and for the sleepy town of Franklin, this is no doubt the case. Held Annually the first Weekend in October, this festival inundates the thoroughfares, parks and public places of Franklin. The entire town comes out with all its bells, and it shows. Whether it’s the splendor of a beautiful day in Western Pennsylvania or the thrill of so much to see and do, the Franklin Applefest is sure to become your next destination event!
At Applefest there is a massive craft show. By massive, we’re talking over three hundred vendors. As one might guess, there is actually something for everybody here. The local library even hosts a gigantic book sale. There are also great prizes raffled at the end of the weekend. A farmer’s market sells dried corn cobs, pumpkins, decorative gourds, and the very last of the season’s bountiful harvest. For a taste of the down-home cooking, try one of the many community dinners hosted by churches and clubs. The apple pancake breakfast and Harvest Lunch are highly recommended. The Commons runs an adjacent Beer Festival in conjunction with Applefest. There is live entertainment and over fifty beers to choose from.
There is much in the way of entertainment, especially for kids. Children’s activities at the Kid’s Korner prove fun for the whole family. There are craft tables and giveaways. The Duck Race on Sunday is always a blast, while kids young and old line up for face painting. There are bounce rides and even carriage rides through the streets. The highly popular Walking Tours guide visitors through the Victorian architecture of the local shops and residences. And the classic car cruise hosts literally hundreds of trucks, sports cars, and antiques. Don’t miss the chance to see local bands, ensembles, and quartets perform. A fantastic parade showcases the very best in marching bands and twirlers and is simply not to be missed.
Admission is free and Parking is free.