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Blossoms in bloom in Biglerville

The Apple Blossom Festival is an annual tradition that takes place every first weekend in May.
The Apple Blossom Festival is an annual tradition that takes place every first weekend in May.
Adams County Fruit Growers

The good times are in full-blossom this weekend with the 59th Annual Apple Blossom Festival. Sponsored by the Adams County Fruit Grower’s Association, this year’s event will take place today and tomorrow, May 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, in Biglerville.

Come out and enjoy two straight days of family-friendly fun and plenty to see and do including tons of stuff for children. There will be plenty of on-site crafts vendors, demonstrations, activities, live entertainment and music and something for the entire family. Delight in decadent wine, chocolate and cheese tastings, all weekend long. For the car enthusiast, there will be antique corvettes and other classic cars to check out at the fairgrounds along with antique tractors and Hit & Miss Gasoline engines.

Children will enjoy pony rides and shows, a petting zoo, magic shows, puppet shows, moon bounces, games—the opportunities are endless. There is a designated Kids Play Area.

How do you feel about a little friendly competition? If you so desire, you’ll have several opportunities to take part in showing off your skills at this year’s event with the chance to bob for apples and/or compete in an apple pie eating contest. Children can even take part in a coloring contest. Also, back by popular demand for this year’s event is the ever-popular Crunch Quest Scavenger Hunt.

There will even be on-going guided farm and orchard tours. You are invited to ride along on a bus tour through 20,000 acres of fruit orchards laden with lush, fragrant scents of fruit blossoms. For a more historical experience, join local historian, Deb McCauslin as she leads you in one of the on-going Historic Yellow Hill Tours. Here you will learn about the Underground Railroad and all about Mary Jemison, who was captured by and lived amongst Native Americans.

The entertainment schedule for this year’s festival boasts several popular choices. Some include: Creekside Soul, the Carroll County Cloggers, Borderline, Flashback, the Gettysburg Dance Center, the Klinger McFry Band, Puppen Meister, the Biglerville High School Jazz Band and several others. Also, don’t forget the judging of the Apple Queen and special coronation ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday. The judging will be at 11:30 a.m. followed by the coronation at 2:30 p.m.

The Annual Apple Blossom Festival is a tradition dating back almost six decades and is always held the first weekend in May. Come out and make this an annual springtime tradition for you and your family. South Mountain Fairgrounds is located at 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville, PA 17307. Admission into the Apple Blossom Festival is just $5. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit

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