The chill of winter is in the air and at the Smicksburg Applefest, and the weather is just right for light jackets and hot drinks, autumn-centered decorations and outdoor activities. Accented with fun rides through the country, and a harvest fueled celebration of all things apple, the town of Smicksburg makes Applefest a community-wide event. Whether it’s the country store, the diner, or the old park, it seems that every business, public house, and open space is hosting something fun.
In the way of entertainment, Applefest keeps things very traditional. At the stores and parks local bands play bluegrass music, and also host folk singers and DJs. There are free wagon rides through Amish country and picture opportunities with an authentic Amish buggy. The Smicksburg country store serves its famous homemade cinnamon ice cream and apple cheese spread. The local winery serves special hot apple wine. The Old Smicksburg Park hosts a civil war encampment replete with marching drills, period costumes, food demonstrations, firing demonstration and live period music. Festival volunteers hold demonstrations at the apple butter boil and the apple cider press.
Hand-crafted items are for sale at Applefest locations and include works by local artists. Pottery and ceramic works, pie plates and strudel dishes, hand carved gourds, dipped candles, fresh cut flowers and more are available. Visitors to Applefest can register for a chance at a shopping spree to local stores and a weekend stay at the Wingate Guest House. Naturally, there is much in the way of apple products, including fresh local apples for sale by the peck and bushel, and homemade apple desserts the likes of apple pie, apples crisp, and strudel. More special delicacies, like apple cider fudge and delicious mulled cider, can be found at various locations.
Admission is free and Parking is in town.