An Apple a Day

3 Oct

We went down to the Apple Festival today. As small-town, heart of America festivals go, it was pretty much what you would expect. My mom and two of her friends went down early in the morning to do the walk while I slept in. Later my mom came back to get me and we all met up downtown and looked through all the booths. They had some pretty interesting stuff; needless to say, when you get that many Southern/redneck people in one place, it’s bound to get a little interesting. There’s definitely a wide variety of things for sale, food to eat, and people to stare at.

The booths sell everything you can imagine – and almost nothing you absolutely have to have. They sell every sort of baked good using apples that you can imagine – apple stack cake, apple butter, apple jelly, apple pies, apple turnovers, caramel applesl…you get the idea. I don’t want to go too Forrest Gump on you. In addition to all this, they also sell tons of arts and crafts. I say crafts, because it’s not exactly what you would call fine art. Think of every craft fair or small-town church potluck fundraiser you’ve been to, and you pretty much have the Apple Festival wares right there. There’s everything from marshmallow guns to hair bows, knockoff purses to Cherokee Indian pipes, Christmas ornaments made of gourds to dog clothing, knitted scarves and hats to Confederate flag material bikinis, woodworking and glass blowing and kettle corn popping, antiques and airbrush paintings. You name it, they have it. Stacy and Clinton would have a field day with all the applique vests and sweatshirts they have floating around – not to mention the rick-rack embellished overalls. It’s truly a sight to see.

But I won’t lie. It’s fun. The weather was just perfect. It’s been one of those fall days that’s clear and sunny, still warm but with a nice cool breeze that provides automatic air conditioning. It really couldn’t have been a better day to be outside at a fall festival. We bought the best apples in the world – cortland apples, to eat and bake. They’re so delicious – no doctor visits for me in the near future!

One of the best things about little festivals like this is the food. They have two big food courts set up, with vendors all around the perimeter and long tables and chairs set up in the square to sit and eat. It’s all your typical fair food. Bloomin’ onions, corn dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, sweet lemonade, Philly cheesesteak, fried Oreos, chocolate-covered strawberries on a stick. None of it’s good for you, of course, but it’s all so wonderful. The most unique thing we saw there was a booth of former Boy Scouts making cobbler, which is possibly my new favorite thing in the world. They were making it the old-fashioned campfire way, in a Dutch oven, covered with hot coals. They had strawberry, peach, blueberry, blackberry, cherry, and of course apple. They were baking it right there, right on top of the hot coals, in about 30 Dutch ovens. It was by far the best and most unique thing we saw there that day. My mom got a peach cobbler and I got a blackberry cobbler. Later in the day, we saw a lady walking around with a cup of it, but she had scoop of ice cream on hers! She had gone to the booth next door to the cobbler boys and asked for a scoop of ice cream on hers. This was such a genius idea. I was almost tempted to go back and get another cobbler just so I could have some ice cream on it.

All in all, a very good day. I had to go to church later this evening and watch the elementary kids for the Saturday service, which I wasn’t too psyched about. But, with so much going on this weekend, and fall breaks starting, and such beautiful weather, there weren’t many kids there at all. There were a total of four kids in both the preschool and elementary classes, and five or six of us there helping. So, it wasn’t a very stressful day.

Working tomorrow, and doing the Mars program in the lab. I haven’t done this one before, so hopefully it goes well!

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