Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the Annual Charlevoix Apple Fest taking place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 11 - 13, 2013. This 3-day event, sponsored by the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce, is held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, line Bridge Street to bring the fall harvest to you.
The festival’s focal point is the apple, proven to be the most popular fruit in North America. Northern Michigan’s cool temperatures are said to produce tastier and more colorful fruit than those grown in warmer climates. More than 30 types of apples will be on hand as well as other fall harvest items such as pumpkins, squash, jam, honey, maple syrup, pies and cider.
Still hungry? Local organizations will warm you up with hot food items such as chili, hot dogs, apple flappers, kielbasa, French fries and more.
Our fall harvest celebration includes activities for the entire family. You won’t want to miss the holiday art & craft show in East Park featuring 125 exhibitor booths. Head one block north to Bridge Park for the children’s activities including face painting by the Charlevoix High School Art and Performing Arts Departments, pony rides by Liberty Valley Ranch, and a petting zoo hosted by the Charlevoix County 4-H.
Charlevoix is honored to have been selected as one of the cities to be represented on the Prayer Canvas as it makes its way across America. The Prayer Canvas is a grass-roots project to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims and survivors. The idea is for it to be a symbol of America...big cities, small towns....every walk of life. Every state will be represented. The public is invited to write a prayer, message, symbol, name or paint a picture on the Charlevoix canvas which will be on display in the park during Apple Fest on Saturday and Sunday, October 12th & 13th. Once the tour has been completed, all of the canvases will be sewn together and at that point the Prayer Canvas is expected to grow to the size of a football field, if not bigger. The Prayer Canvas will be presented to the City of Boston on the anniversary of the bombings. Each victim will receive a mounted portion of the canvas and the remainder will hopefully hang in a city building as a memorial to the heroes and victims that were impacted that day. For more information on this initiative visit www.prayercanvasusa.com.
Judging is underway to determine the winner of the 2013 Apple Fest Shirt Design Contest. Students from the Charlevoix High School Design Class came up with some great concepts for this year’s shirt. Stay tuned, the Chamber will be announcing the winner soon.
The Apple Fest Family Fun Run benefiting Charlevoix Kiwanis Youth Foundation is on tap for Saturday morning. The 1 mile starts at 9am; 5k starts at 9:20am. The races will not be timed and there will be obstacles along the course. The event is sponsored by Charlevoix State Bank and promises goodies, prizes and lots of fun for everyone. Register online at www.active.com or find out more at www.charlevoixkiwanis.org.
So, bundle up and bring the family to our fall harvest bonanza! Join the festivities and show your support for our orchards, farmers and organizations while celebrating the season in scenic downtown Charlevoix this October. The Harvest is in!
Festival hours are Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm | Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.