Apple harvesting season is here, Des Moines. And what better way to celebrate this crisp, sweet fruit than by attending a festival dedicated to all things apples?
Applefest, an annual festival, will take place again this year at Living History Farms in Urbandale on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival will be held in the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill, a replica of a bustling frontier community staffed with costume-clad residents.
Try your hand at stirring a copper kettle of apple butter, take turns cranking a cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters.
Some of the family fun includes apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and assisting historic interpreters as they plan for the winter ahead.
Apple bowling and cooking demonstrations take place at the Picnic Shelter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can play a game of bobbing for apples behind Flynn Mansion. Event activities are included with regular admission to Living History Farms.
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And don't forget about the free samples. Apple fritters will be available at the Snack Shop and apple butter and apples can be sampled at the Picnic Shelter where Snow White will be hanging out.
Machine Shed Restaurant will provide a $6.50 catered lunch available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Picnic Shelter. Lunch includes a choice of burger, brat, hot dog, or pulled pork sandwich, along with a bag of chips and soda or bottled water.
Only cash is accepted at the Picnic Shelter, but credit cards can be used to purchase lunch tickets at admissions and the Summer Kitchen Snack Shop.
Purchase apples and other goodies from Iowa Orchard in the Visitor Center. Admission to Living History Farms is $9 each for kids ages 2-12; and $15.95 for adults.
Location: 11121 Hickman Rd., Urbandale
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
Contact: (515) 278-5286 or visit www.lhf.org