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Celebrate the Harvest season at local Apple Festivals

Apple picking can be fun for the whole family.
Apple picking can be fun for the whole family.
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The Fall season is soon approaching and your family is probably looking forward to enjoying all the tasty seasonal foods. Pumpkin pie or candy corn may be popular choices for you and your kids to indulge in, but nothing says Autumn like biting into a slice of warm, homemade apple pie or drinking a cup of hot apple cider on a crisp Fall afternoon. Fortunately, there are several upcoming festivals for your entire family to enjoy an apple treat or two.

The first Apple-themed event, Fall Festival with Apple Picking, will be held at Shady Farms in Yardley, PA. The festival is a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) event spanning three weekends in September from Saturday, September 13th to Sunday, September 28th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Among the many activities for parents and kids to enjoy are wagon riding to pick your own apple, rope spider web climbing and gem mining. Admission is $15 per person.

Secondly, Linvillla Orchards in Media, PA will be holding its annual Apple Festival & Pie Eating Contest on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th starting at 8am. You and your children can look forward to picking your own apples, apple pie eating contests (by age category), musical performances and story time. There is no admission fee.

Lastly, the AppleFest will be held at Fox Chase Farms in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, October 18th from noon until 4 pm. The rain date is Sunday, October 19th. The fun-filled day includes apple butter making, cider pressing, pumpkin painting and hayrides. Several fall-themed treats will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Take part in some Apple-themed fun at home after you attend a festival:

Fun Fall Craft Idea: Draw and cut apples from red construction paper. Glue a picture from the festival you attend on each apple. Paint a brown tree trunk and branches on large poster board paper. Let dry. Paste an apple to each branch. Write in large letters on the top of the poster board, "Our Autumn Apple Adventures."

Back-to-School Snack/ Lunch Idea: Take a creative spin on your kid's simple turkey and cheese sandwich. Spread apple butter on two slices of bread. Place turkey lunch meat and cheese on top of one slice of bread. Place the other slice on top. Or, instead of a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pack an apple butter and peanut butter sandwich for your kid's next lunch. Press cookie cutters in the sandwiches to make fun shapes.

Children's Books: You and your kids may enjoy reading books about apples. Check out The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll. The cute story tells the tale of two mice on the mission to find the largest apple ever. Another choice is Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. The story is about a family of bunnies who visit an apple orchard and learn about apples from a farmer. The book even includes an applesauce recipe.

If you know of any additional apple-themed or fall-themed festivals in the Philadelphia area that families can enjoy, please leave a comment below.