Apple ‘n Cheese Fest attended by thousands
CANTON — Annamaria Myers, a fulltime music teacher in the Port Allegany School District, began making large, colorful two-foot-wide cushions for children two years ago in her spare time.
She sells them on the Esty website and at a couple of crafts fairs each year.
It’s “very relaxing” to make them, she said.
Some of the cushions, which are filled with styrofoam beads, can serve as a kind of bean bag chair for kids, while others, which are filled with a softer material, can be used as pillows.
Myers was among the 90 makers of hand-made crafts and 40 food vendors who were selling their products this weekend at the two-day 26th Annual Pennsylvania Apple ‘n Cheese in East Canton.
The event, which was held at the Manley- Bohlayer Farm, also featured a fine-arts show, live music, demonstrations of blacksmithing and apple cider making, an opportunity to tour the historic village on the festival grounds, and more.
Despite the cold, rainy weather on Saturday, overall attendance at the festival was on par with last year’s attendance, when upwards of 10,000 people showed up, said Diane Barrett, president of the non-profit agency Rekindle the Spirit Inc., which is the parent organization of the festival.
“Even though there was a terribly bad, rainy day on Saturday, we had good attendance, and today there was very good attendance,” Barrett said late Sunday afternoon.
There was “spectacular weather” on Sunday, she added. “There was a good crowd (on Sunday), and people were happy to be here, and people left with lots of full bags (of crafts they had bought),” she said.
By 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Grover Church of Christ had sold approximately 400 servings of apple crisp at the festival and had sold out of its chicken spiedies, according to church volunteer Yvonne Killian. Nevertheless, overall the church’s food sales this year at the festival were about half of what they normally are, due to the unwelcome weather on Saturday, she said.
On Saturday, there were “a very few” vehicles that got stuck in the festival’s parking lot, Barrett said. Festival volunteers used “tractors and whatnot to get themout” of the mud, she said.
On Saturday, “our maintenance people kept the field (where the crafts vendors are located) safe with multiple applications of hay and grasses to minimize the mud,” she said.
There were 199 entries this year in the photography and fine arts competition at the festival, Barrett said.
The adult best of show award in the fine arts division was won by Carol Vanderpool of Waverly, N.Y.
The adult best of show photography award was won by Katie Garber of Williamsport.
The people’s choice award in the adult fine arts division went to William Fidler of Wellsboro.
And the people’s choice award for photography in the adult division was won by Bob Stoffregan of Williamsport.
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