Johnston’s 32nd annual AppleFest welcomed thousands of attendees from across the state this past Saturday and Sunday, offering a vast array of delicacies, entertainment and vendors throughout the weekend.
The event, hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, is held in conjunction with Washington Trust. Those walking into Johnston War Memorial Park received an immediate greeting from Maxman, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation superhero, encouraging them recycle.
Kids lined up all day for face painting from Jenna Markovich, or strolled over to the pony rides for a quick jaunt.
An empty stomach was no match for the row of eateries, including Wil’s Famous Chowder and Clamcakes, Poppy’s Waffles and the Ice Cream Machine. Those were only a few of the popular food trucks, and that’s if patrons could make it past the aroma of apple pies and cider donuts. If folks weren’t popping by the Stop & Shop tent for an apple or partaking in Teresa and Erik Wilkinson’s Wicked Scentual Candles, they could be found near the entertainment. Christiana Rodi Caprarelli and School of Rock were among the showstoppers at AppleFest this weekend.
Jo-Ann Desmarais took home first place in the apple pie baking contest, earning her a $250 Stop & Shop gift card. Ana Tondre and Robin DiBattista earned second and third, respectively, winning $150 and $100 each.
The calendar is about to officially shift to fall, but for Johnston residents, that switch is already complete as AppleFest comes and goes. (Sun Rise photos)