The time is ripe for Johnston’s apple celebration.
The 34th Annual Apple Festival will be held this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11.
The festivities will stretch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The Apple Festival will be held at Johnston’s War Memorial Park, 1583 Hartford Ave. in Johnston.
The annual Apple Festival has been called by many a “time-honored community tradition and fun for everyone,” according to organizers.
As always, this year’s fest will feature “Artisan Row” — booths and tables filled with handcrafted items, pony rides, and more.
The event is free and open to the public.
Although a severe summer drought has made farming difficult, the fields are still packed with apples ready for plucking.
The annual Apple Festival arrives as summer departs.
The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and The Washington Trust Company are once again sponsoring the Apple Festival.
For more information about the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, call 401-334-1000 or visit nrichamber.com.
Mary Lou D’Andrea and her husband Lou own Appleland Orchards in Smithfield, once again the lone orchard involved in the Apple Festival.
“We love seeing our old friends,” she said last year. “We’re looking forward to meeting new friends.”
Appleland will provide several varieties of apples, cider donuts, dumplings, pies, gourmet chocolate covered apples, hot and cold cider.
The orchard at 135 Smith Ave. holds pick your own hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Christmas.
D’Andrea said the festival is timed for the start of “prime apple-picking season,” which typically lasts from mid-September through mid-October. The orchard grows many different apple varieties, as well as peaches, and offers a plethora of baked goods and apple products in their orchard store.
“This will be the one-stop shop for your holiday shopping,” according to the Chamber. “Did we mention food? Don’t cook all weekend — there will be sausage & peppers, hot dogs, burgers, pizza, homemade ice cream and of course the festival favorite fresh apple cider doughnuts.”
A long list of nearly 90 vendors have signed on to populate Artisan Row.
The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce represents businesses in Burrillville, Central Falls, Cumberland, Foster, Glocester, Johnston, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Scituate, Smithfield, and Woonsocket. The NRI Chamber also leads the Chamber of Commerce Coalition, representing nine area chambers of commerce from the Ocean State.
The Coalition is one of the largest business advocates in the state of Rhode Island and represents more than 6,500 businesses and 70,000 employees statewide.
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