Live music and the smell of fresh apple pie was in the air on Sunday in Shoreham.
Hundreds gathered on the town green for the fifth annual Apple Fest fundraiser to help the Platt Memorial Library.
"We have a silent auction, we have raffle baskets, we have a library booth where we sell homemade canned products. And we also, of course, sell bags and bags and bags of apples," said festival organizer Shannon Bohler-Small.
Traditionally, Apple Fest has raised 4 to 6 thousand each year. All proceeds help cover operational costs of the library. "In terms of our funding, it's huge. We are a small town, we do a lot of private funding to meet our operational costs, and so this day, in terms of our fundraising, is very important," said the library's Abby Adams.
With three apple orchards for a town of 1,200, organizers say the festival is a great way to celebrate how important apples are to the town. "I think its great. I am really big for buying locally and we are able to sell so many things. We have four different varieties of apples here, we have cider, we have our hard cider line," said Champlain Orchard's Jane Costello.
And for 5 years, the Apple Fest has also been a place for the "Tour De Farms" cyclists to start and finish. The 30 mile tour winds through Shoreham and Orwell, where hundreds of bikers stop at 12 farms to taste test and meet the farmers. "This is a natural partnership. Apple Fest is a great family event and it's really nice after you ride 10 or 30 miles, to come back and have kind of a party waiting for you," said the tour's Lea Calderon-Guthe.
"My wife is into the locally-grown produce and stuff like that -- CSA -- and so it's a natural fit. We had a great time. Also, we could use the exercise," said Wayne Trigg, visiting from New Jersey.
And some non-cyclists say they didn't come just for the apples, but also for the apple pie. "I started baking at 8 this morning and made a special pie with a special recipe... And I just won!" said Pam Spaulding.
A sweet victory. But under the crumble topping was the true prize -- apples that were certainly enjoyed by all.
Friday, March 7 2014 5:27 PM EST2014-03-07 22:27:50 GMT
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