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A National Apple Harvest Festival Pictorial.

Updated on September 23, 2018

Sharing My National Apple Harvest Festival Adventures Through Photographs.

I love the National Apple Harvest Festival. I beginning thinking about it every spring, watching plants sprout and blossom make me think about apples growing on the trees. This leads me to to think about apples being harvested and the wonderful experience of the harvest festival. I love it so much that I have written about it. But I don't feel that words capture the sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful autumn event. I can't share the sounds and flavors with you. However, I can share some of the sights. I hope you enjoy these photos.

Image Credit: Dawn Rae -- These photographs are a result of my travels. All Rights Reserved.

all photos taken by and belong to Dawnraeb.
all photos taken by and belong to Dawnraeb.

Headed to National Apple Harvest Festival.


We left by 6:00 am in order to drive up to Arendtsville, PA in time for breakfast. I hear groaning out there. When you visit the National Apple Harvest Festival, you can choose to go up later in the day (however, I'd still advise going early to beat the traffic). We tend to be morning people, so it wasn't so early for us. We swing by to pick up the parents on the way. The drive up this morning is slighty foggy but promising to be a warm October day. The temperatures have been high enough that the leaves are barely beginning to change. As always, we enjoy the drive up from Baltimore, Maryland; passing through Ghettysburg, PA and surrounding areas. We arrive at the Festival before most of the crowd.

The Approach. - The Orchards and Hills Near South Mountain Fairgrounds.

photo by Dawnraeb
photo by Dawnraeb

The approach to the National Apple Harvest Festival is gorgeous. Beginning in Biglersville, PA (if you are approaching from that direction) you begin to see the Large, orange signs for the Festival.

You will be directed to parking. If you park in one of the fields, make a point to remember which field. Then simply board the buses for a ride to the fairgrounds.

Things to Eat and Drink. - Yummy!

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

There is no end to the things to eat and drink at the National Apple Harvest Festival. Apples, Apple drinks, Apple items, meats, desserts, and so on and so on.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

A variety of apple ciders.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

A variety of things that I haven't even tried yet.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Did I mention that I love apples? I do. I really do. Especially when I have purchased them fresh, from a large wooden box, wet with morning dew.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Things for the Children to See and Do.

There are entertainers, a petting zoo, activities such as face painting and "old fashioned games" geared specifically for the children. In this case, a firefighter gives children a demonstration of his fireman's suit. The children were enthralled. (PS. Thank you to all fireman, police officers, and EMTs for what you do).

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Petting zoo. Attempting to pet the goat. Stretch.... stretch... just a little more...I almost have it....

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Mom to the rescue.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

HEY! Hay. Straw?

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

I never imagined that I would live long enough to see Straw as an attraction at a Festival. But I do remember how much fun it was to play in as a child.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

A Vendor (and something to buy) for Everyone.

I basically want at least one thing from each vendor. There is jewelry, furniture, soaps, candles, soft goods, art, and so much more. I've only scratched the surface with the variety of items shown here.

This photo is an indoor light fixture. Isn't it cool?

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb


Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Hand made goat soap. I bought a bar from this vendor this year.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

An entire tent full of AMAZING watches. I could have browsed here for a very long time.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Gorgeous baskets and furniture.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Bird and Butterfly gourds. So cool.

Making Your Exit. - Locate your bus shuttle and locate your vehicle.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

The lines for the buses are clearly marked. Board your bus (ours was Wolf Field), charter bus, or wagon for the return trip. Enjoy the view and rest your weary feet.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

I couldn't help but snap a photo of the almost full parking "lot" and the gorgeous sky.

Driving Out. - Good bye until next year.

Photo by Dawnraeb
Photo by Dawnraeb

Comments - Did you enjoy seeing photos of my adventures at Apple Harvest Festival or do you prefer more narrative?

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      It surely looks like it would be a lot of fun! I really enjoyed the pictorial visit. Perhaps some day I will get to visit in person. Oh, and I want to pet a little goat when I get there :)

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Loved your photos. I grew up in western New York State and apples are a well-known crop there (along with festivals & activities). :) As a small child I lived near a cider mill and used to roam around there with my best friend (who's dad own the cider mill). Saw LOTS of apples there. :-)

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      This is such a beautiful area. I would love to attend this apple festival. Gorgeous photography. I want one of those bird house gourds (along with lots and lots of apple products). Your goat soap sounds just perfect, too. And those baskets... did I mention I love those baskets? I do enjoy festivals like this one. Thanks for the virtual enjoyment.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't been to an apple festival in decades but do remember several in my younger years and they are tremendous fun! Your photos, and the stories with them, are wonderful!

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      The pictures said it all, they are so descriptive. I went to our local Apple Day in London a few days ago. Ours was good, but yours was better!

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for sharing this trip. I love lenses like this because it lets me see things I've never seen before. I felt like I was right there with you.

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @mel-kav: Thank you! That means a lot coming from you.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Your photos are awesome. You ought to submit your photo of the watches to Fotolia or Shutterbug - I love it!


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