A weekend of apples
Oct 17, 2012 | 581 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If the wise, old and time-tested adage holds true — “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” — then it stands to reason attending a weekend festival in this glorious fruit’s honor could become a cure-all for all else that ails, at least for a couple of days.

For this reason, among a myriad of others, we suggest a drive or stroll Saturday or Sunday, or both, into downtown Cleveland whose normally busy streets, full parking lots and businesspeople bustle will yield to a fairyland of outdoor opportunity.

We refer, of course, to the 2012 Cleveland Apple Festival, an annual delight whose civic-minded sponsors believe that if they build it (the festival), then people will come (to downtown Cleveland) for a splendid weekend of arts, crafts, food, live entertainment, fresh-baked goodies, pageants and blocks full of children’s activities.

Based on the success — most frequently measured in crowd size — of past festivals, these believers in downtown and total community pride are the heart of a community that calls itself “The City With Spirit.” This year’s Apple Festival sponsors include Apple Valley Orchards, Dimensional Sound Productions, Jones Management Services, Living Word Church, MainStreet Cleveland, Quality Machining Services LLC, Santek Waste Services, The Covenant Group and Trailhead Bicycle Company.

Apple Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at any festival gate and the pricing options include: Two-Day Pass, $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $4 for children; and One-Day Pass, $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and children ages 3-12, $3. Children age 2 and under are admitted free of charge.

Why attend the 2012 Cleveland Apple Festival? We’re glad you asked.

Might we suggest ...

Because nothing rings in the sounds, smells and feel of autumn more than an outdoor festival.

Because toe-tapping music and other live performances will echo throughout downtown on both days compliments of entertainers like Brandon Machacek, Chilhowee Dance, SounDog, Joe Mullins, Scenic City Ramblers, The Bluegrass Drifters, Momentum Dance Academy, Dustin Curry, The Hilltoppers, Sacred Harmony, Will Fowler and Sonrise Gymnastics.

Because of unending arts and crafts, just a few of which include lye soap, crochet, bows, photography and prints, stitchery, aprons, yarns, pottery, marbles, wood, jewelry, candles, books, beads, quilts, dyed clothing and plenty of nonprofit organizations whose booths will provide literature, information and counsel about their services.

Because of the nonprofit organizations themselves; they are the beneficiaries of the Apple Festival proceeds each year so they maintain a strong presence at the family-friendly event.

Because of plenty of options in food, including such delectables as kettle corn, ice cream, various sweets, nuts, pizza, barbecue, hotdogs, hamburgers, meatball subs, international cuisine, funnel cakes and what would an apple festival be without lots of freshly baked marvels?

Because of the Apple Dessert Competition which is seeking the finest homemade apple pie and desserts in the valley.

Because of a world of vendors who are selling their products and spreading the word of their professional services, community messaging and opportunities.

Because of the slew of special pageants like Miss Apple Blossom, Little Miss Apple Blossom and Junior Miss Apple Blossom.

Need we say more? Probably not. We believe you get the idea.

No need to look for something to do this weekend. Just load up the family and head over to the Apple Festival.

We think you’ll agree. Downtown Cleveland never smelled, tasted nor looked so enticing!