The Cooperstown Rotary Club's 16th Annual AppleFest will be held this weekend, September 15 and 16 at the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard just minutes from Cooperstown. This popular annual festival attracts apple and fun lovers to celebrate the harvest with live musical performances, antique tractors, fresh apple tasting, children's games and activities, and freshly pressed cider.
The Festival's traditional program includes scarecrow making, antique tractors, pumpkin and face painting, games and bouncy houses. New this year to the Kids Corner is a dime toss. A small town carnival favorite, the dime toss is sure to be a new favorite at AppleFest, bring your piggy bank full of dimes for your shot at some great prizes. As part of Cooperstown Rotary Club's literacy drive, all children visiting the Storytelling Tent will receive a free book. Creative cooks are encouraged to enter the apple baking contest for prize ribbons awarded to the Yummiest, Most Visually "Apple-ing" and Best Use of the Apple (most original.) The popular raffle and silent auction of items donated by local businesses will be held under the Rotary tent along with a coloring contest for coloring contest for grades PK – 4.
Musical performances, a highlight of AppleFest, include the Cooperstown Jazz Band, Bourbon & Branch, The Milkweeds, Red, White & Bluegrass, Stoddard Hollow String Band, and the Mountebank Brothers.
"Attending AppleFest is a great way to have fun and support the work of Rotary," says Angie Erway, chairperson of this event. "AppleFest is our club's biggest fundraiser and last year we raised over $20,000, the most ever, all of which is distributed back into the community" added Erway.
The Festival is held on the grounds of the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, a water-powered cider mill where visitors can witness old time cider-making using an 1889 Boomer & Boschert press. New York-grown apple varieties now available for tasting include McIntosh, Gala, Ginger Gold, Cortland, Macoun, Fuji and Empire. Another feature of the weekend is a focused tasting of Apple Salsas plus more than 40 samples of specialty foods, many of which are Pride of New York Products.
AppleFest runs 10:00 until 5:00 on Saturday and noon until 5:00 on Sunday. Admission to Rotary's Festival is $4.00 per person, children under 12 are free. Parking is also free. The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, located at 288 Goose Street in Fly Creek, NY, is just 3-miles from Cooperstown and 24-miles south of Herkimer. For more AppleFest information, music schedule, baking contest entrance form and information on the Mill visit their website at www.flycreekcidermill.com.
H. William (Bill) Michaels – Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, 607-547-9692 ext.111
Angie Erway Cooperstown Rotary Club AppleFest Chair, 607-435-6272
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Since its founding in 1924, the Rotary Club of Cooperstown has played an active role in supporting the Cooperstown community on many levels, including volunteer service and financial support to local charities, educational and cultural organizations. One of the club's most popular endeavors is the Youth Exchange Program which sends local high school students abroad and places foreign students with local families for a year of study, language and cultural immersion.
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AppleFest Sponsors to-date:
Corporate and Media Sponsors
Bassett Healthcare Network; Carr Printing; Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard; Pennysaver
BLUE RIBBON SPONSORS $500+
The Freeman's Journal; The May Family; NBT Bank; New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance; The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corporation; The Otesaga Resort Hotel; Otsego County Chamber of Commerce; SEFCU; Smith Ford Cooperstown; SUNY Oneonta CSRC; Volkswagen Of Oneonta.
RED RIBBON SPONSORS $250+
Apple Converting, Inc.; Barnyard Swing; Carefree Gardens; Clark Sports Center; Cookie Lee Jewelry; Cooper Country Abstract Company, Inc.; Cornish Hill Farm; The Fenimore Art Museum & The Farmers' Museum; Greener World, Landscape Maintenance Services; Guided Tours of Cooperstown; Marjorie Landers Wedding Cakes & Special Occasion Cakes; Mickey's Place; Raymond Holohan, CPA; Schlather & Birch, Attorneys at Law; Springfield Tractor & Implement Cub Cadet Sales; Tillapaugh Funeral Services; Underhill Farm & Lynn Edinger; White House Inn.
ENTERTAINMENT SPONSORS $200+
Casale Public Affairs; James P. Farrari, Attorney At Law; Green & Green Attorneys At Law; Gozigian,Washburn & Clinton, Attorneys At Law; Ralph Scialo, IDDJ: Intelligent Design; Trosset Group Attorneys.
WHITE RIBBON SPONSORS $100+
American Wholesalers Group LLC; Anne Geddes-Atwell Graphics & Book Design; Anonymous; Bank of Cooperstown; Bill Moeller Associates; Cooperstown Bat Company; Cooperstown General Store; Cooperstown Natural Foods; Crippen Excavating, LLC; Don Olin Realty; Ellen Riggs Tillapaugh Art Conservation; Fly Creek General Store; Gordon B. Roberts Agency, Inc.; Hinman, Howard & Katell, Attorneys At Law; Main Street Bed & Breakfast; Mohican Flowers of Cooperstown Inc.; National Baseball Hall of Fame; The Plaide Palette; Preferred Mutual Insurance; Spurbeck's Grocery; The Tryon Inn.
BUSINESS SPONSORS $30+
Bayside Inn & Marina; Brooks Bar B Q; Bruce Hall Corp.; Church & Scott, Inc.; John & Jeanne Clow; Cooperstown Back Alley Grille; Cooperstown Diner; Cooperstown Event Rentals; Cooperstown Family Chiropractic; Cornell Cooperative Extension; Doubleday Café; Doug Geertgens; Dykstra Construction; The Fly Creek United Methodist Church; Friends of Glimmerglass State Park; Haggerty Ace Hardware; Hartstone Securities Associates; Hubbell's Real Estate; James Fenimore Cooper Society; Jerry's Place; KeyBank; John & Jeanne Clow; Leatherstocking Region Federal Credit Union; Meadow-Vale Campsites; NAPA; The Phoenix Inn; Roseboom Builders; The Tepee; Martin H. Tillapaugh, Attorney at Law; Village Cobbler; Willis Monie Books.