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By Linda Carhart
contributing writer 

More fun to come at the Apple Festival, Oct. 15-16


September 10, 2022

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On Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, S. Green St. will be loaded with activity and fun as the Apple Festival comes back for the ninth year.

Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

So, what is all the hub bub about?

At the Tehachapi Railroad Depot Museum lawn, you'll find colorful and inviting bounce houses. The Tehachapi Wrestling club will be there to greet you and for $10 you can purchase an all-day bracelet for each child to go on as many bounce houses for as long as they want. Take the kids on the deck and let the Masons create child identity cards for parents.

Cross Tehachapi Blvd. and you enter a street fair like no other in Tehachapi. Between Tehachapi Blvd. and D St., you'll experience a lineup of almost 100 vendors along S. Green St. As you make your way up the street to Centennial Plaza, you can stop for a piece of pie, a cup of coffee, a cool beer or a glass of wine and some other tasty food while you sit and relax to the tunes being played by several musical talents throughout the event.

Just outside Centennial Plaza you might witness a crazy, messy pie eating contest on Saturday at 2 p.m. Cheer on the contestants as they try to put their face in a pie and be the first to finish it down to the tin. Or, maybe if you attend on Sunday, you can see who makes the best apple pie at 1 p.m.

When you get to F St., if your timing is right, on Saturday at 4 p.m. you can watch 1,000 rubber apples drop from a crane onto a bullseye on the street. If you purchased one of the apples ahead of time from the Lions Club or Rotary Club, you just may get a valuable gift card by hitting the center. At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., also on F St., you can watch a BMX demonstration and kids can meet and take pictures with the participants. On Sunday, also on F St., have fun exploring vintage trailers. See how incredibly these trailers have been restored to bring back their earlier charm. It's free to enter your trailer into the Vintage Trailer Show. To enter your trailer email: First place wins $100 and second place wins $50.

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Have fun exploring vintage trailers at the Apple Festival, Oct. 16.

Continue up S. Green St. and once you've passed E St., you're entering the kid's carnival area. There we present a whole lot of simple, old-fashioned games like hit the milk cans, knock down the clown, corn hole, putt golf, balloon car races, Frisbee can toss, hula hoop contests, egg on the spoon relays, bouncy ball races, horseshoes, fishing, apple bobbing on a string and so much more. On top of all that fun, kids may win a prize. Plus, visit the free petting zoo, get your face painted, or watch a fantastic marionette show where the kids can see how the puppets work. It may not be Disneyland, but it presents hours of fun for kids and adults alike and it's all coming to families at no cost.

Christmas is not too far away, so keep in mind who is on your gift giving list and find many unique and wonderful items to purchase. Let's not forget that it's an Apple Festival. We will have a lot of apple items like pies, turnovers, apple drinks, apple spices, apple sauces (BBQ etc.), apple nachos and of course 1/2 peck bags of apples for sale. You can eat and drink at the festival. We offer a wide-variety of food vendors from tacos, BBQ tri tip, Chinese, churros, Mexican street corn and on and on.

If you've never come, it's time! If you have been before, we always have new vendors, new demonstrations and fun things for the kids. Come on back!

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