This has been a challenging year for everyone, especially for those who love annual festivals and events, many of which have been canceled. The good news is that Franklin County has decided to move forward in celebrating both Market Day and Applefest this year.
Additional businesses will also be open for fall fun as well. Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg and Country Creek Produce Farm in Chambersburg invite guests to stop, shop and tackle the popular corn mazes that are part and parcel of the autumn season.
Market Day Benefits Waynesboro Businesses
Market Day will be held in downtown Waynesboro on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to Market Day Director of Economic Development Bill Kohler, this year’s event will be a bit smaller than last year’s. “We have a nice downtown park with a big parking lot, which will be filled with about 25 vendors. The rest will be spread throughout the downtown,” he said.
Bands Drew Adams and Center of Gravity will entertain visitors with their brand of rock and roll and hungry patrons will have a choice of fare from six restaurants and seven food trucks, which will also be on the scene.
Businesses will be open for visitors to experience what the downtown has to offer. Three new businesses are slated to be open during the festival this year: Warner’s Old-Fashioned Soda Shoppe, Rough Edges Brewery and Taqueria La Cienega, which graduated from serving Mexican fare at the farmers market to operating at a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Main Street.
Proceeds from the event will go to promote downtown and downtown revitalization.
Sink Your Teeth into Applefest
This year’s Applefest will take place on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside at Lincoln Way East and along Main Street in Chambersburg. Coordinator Andrea Finch said that the Downtown Business Council will be doing things a little differently this year, with the help of Wellspan Health. The event will be held in four individual parking lots named for apples. “Normally it’s down the center of the street, but this will allow people to adequately social distance,” she said.
Hosts are advising visitors to arrive hungry to indulge in their share of festival fare. A dozen food trucks will be on the scene, offering a variety of items like barbecue, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, kettle corn and funnel cakes.
“The North Square Farmers Market will be the place for apple products like dumplings, butter and cider,” said Penny Shaul, owner of Here's Looking at You Boutique and member of the Downtown Business Council. Restaurants will also be welcoming visitors for dine-in service.
Shopping has also been a key component of Applefest and, with 80 craft vendors, there will be plenty of items from which to choose.
Retail businesses will participate too, with sidewalk sales to appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
“We’ve done a lot of work to make this happen and we thank our volunteers, as well as our sponsors Wellspan Health and Sheetz,” said Finch.
Wind Your Way Out of a Corn Maize
Stoners Dairy Farm offers the family the opportunity to engage in a little exercise, while appealing to their spirit of competition with a five-acre farm maze. Little ones especially enjoy picking pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, or petting the animals in the baby barnyard. Fall décor items like gourds, straw bales and corn shocks will also be for sale at the farm.
Country Creek Produce is also offering family fun this year, from a four-mile corn maze, to hay rides (limited to 50 percent capacity), a petting zoo and additional activities that can be seen on their Facebook page.
Enjoying life in the great outdoors can be both fun and healthy and business owners and hosts will be taking extra precautions this year so that families can enjoy the crisp fall air while staying safe and having fun.