Apples set for sweet weekend
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 18, 2012 | 956 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s time for fried apple pies, fritters and family fun. The annual Cleveland Apple Festival starts Saturday and will be held through Sunday on the Courthouse Square.

Arts and crafts, live music, pony rides and children’s activities will be placed around the square with food vendors ... and don’t forget the many apple desserts which will be available.

The Apple Blossom Pageants will be held Sunday at 5 p.m.

Girls from 8 to 12 can enter the respective age division of the Little Miss Apple Blossom, Miss Apple Blossom and Junior Miss Apple Blossom competition.

More than 40 arts and crafts vendors and 20 food venders will be there and will feed the hungry crowds.

Although the annual festival is not a MainStreet Cleveland function, Executive Director Sharon Marr said the festival promotes downtown Cleveland and has become a tradition, drawing more than 5,000 visitors annually.

Saturday is a busy day for the festival organizers as the Apple Dessert contest begins. Winners will be announced by 2 p.m.

According to officials, the winner of the best apple dessert will receive a cash prize.

Trailhead Bicycle Co. will be giving away two new bikes.

An entry ticket to the festival will enter you into the giveaway.

Individuals may only enter the contest one time.

Paid ticket holders to the festival must visit the Trailhead booth to enter the giveaway and must be present to win.

Drawings for the bikes will be at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and festivities close down for the evening at 6.

The festival will reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday and close at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate both days, and organizers request cash only at the gate. An adult two-day pass is $6, and it’s $4 for a children’s two-day pass.

Seniors will get a discounted admission and children under three 3 years old get in free.

The Cleveland Apple Festival is a 501(c)(3) public charity that donates all net proceeds to other nonprofit organizations in the Cleveland area.