Mars Applefest Event brings community together

October 9, 2019 Cranberry Local News

Mary Morton of Morton's Farm hands a customer change during the 35th annual Mars Applefest celebration in Mars on Saturday.

MARS — For years, honeycrisp, golden delicious and red delicious apples have shined in the fall sun at Mars Applefest.

“Mars is a small community,” said Sara Weigle of Mars, who has been with Zimmerman Family Farms of Mars for about five years.

However, Applefest gathers the community near and far during fall with the chance to meet new people and other businesses, she said.

Weigle said they brought 20 crates of apples from Chambersburg to the festival, along with homemade apple cider.

“It's a time when apples are best,” she said. “I'm never tired of apples.”

All things apple, including apple cider, apple butter, caramel apples and apple pie pierogies, was the theme of the 35th annual event, a street fair that sets up every year on Grand Avenue the first Saturday of October in downtown Mars. The event is coordinated by the Rich-Mar Rotary Club.

Allison Park resident Lauren Farina returned with her family for their second year. With Farina was her 22-month-old son, Vinnie, who stopped to pet the canine search dogs.

Perhaps greater than his love of dogs is applesauce, she said.

“Nice way to spend a fall day,” Farina said.

Sara Weigle greets customers Saturday at the Zimmerman Family Farms stand at Mars Applefest. The street fair sets up every year on Grand Avenue on the first Saturday of October.

Sisters Celia and Laura Solis, ages 7 and 9, filled bottles with fuchsia, aqua and emerald sand to create art.

Celia said it was their first time at Applefest.

“I'm having fun,” said Celia, of Middlesex Township.

Climbing atop the spaceship is an unofficial tradition for children during the Mars Applefest, and Saturday’s event was no exception.

Applefest rings in the fall said the Rev. Lisa Ann Griffin of St. John's United Church of Christ in Evans City, adding this is the second time her church has had a booth at the festival.

As Griffin looked around, she said there is something fun for every age at Applefest.

The festival allows crafters a chance to showcase their work and the community a chance to gather in friendship, she said.

“It brings people together,” Griffin said.

Victoria Applegate, 6, of Evans City gets her face painted Saturday during the 35th annual Mars Applefest celebration in Mars. Seb Foltz/Butler Eagle