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Apple Fest is a festival celebrating the historic Turner Farm and its century-old apple orchard. The event offers a taste of an old-fashioned fair with activities designed for all ages. Apple Fest is usually 10:00 to 3:00 on the second Saturday of September, at Turner Farm, 829 West Main, Buena Vista. The Farm is owned by Buena Vista Heritage.
The festival starts with a flag ceremony. Next, musicians take the front porch of the 1912 farm house and provide acoustic and traditional entertainment. The apple-pie contest judging takes place early in the day so the pies can be sliced and sold. Lunch is also available.
Costumed docents share the history of the farm and the homesteaders who built it. Local ranchers tell tales of life in the olden days. A craftsman demonstrates blacksmithing or woodworking or leathercraft. Stations set up across the property allow visitors to try their hand at activities from churning butter to sawing wood.
Children can make a craft and play old-fashioned games. Pony rides or hay wagon rides add to the excitement.
Everyone is welcome to stroll through the one-acre apple orchard and pick apples right off the trees.