By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer
UNIONPORT – The Unionport Apple Stirrin’ Time will hit the 35-year mark during the annual celebration on Oct. 19-20.
Organizers are planning to have lots of entertainment and apple-based goodies during the two-day celebration. Sponsored by Unionport Grange No. 2728, the fall festival has attracted more than 3,000 people into the small Jefferson County Community on County Road 39 outside of Bloomingdale. Festivities run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and various organizations participate as vendors to benefit local causes.
Volunteers rolled up their sleeves on one unseasonably warm fall day to heat up the kettles and boil apple butter for the event’s sale. Volunteer Gordon Carr is pictured taking a turn at the stirring.
Crafts, miniature train rides, displays and contests will take place all weekend in addition to music and other entertainment. Saturday’s lineup includes the flag-raising, Star-Spangled Banner and Apple Song by the local Girl Scouts, followed by Ally Tweedy, Tom Graham, Vinyl Classics, Tammy Davis and Ossum Possum, while Tweedy and the Girl Scouts will be joined by Mac’N’Rue, 3 for Him, the Carrollton Showstoppers and Retzer on Sunday. An apple pie baking contest is set for Saturday with judging at 2 p.m. and a Look-a-like contest will be held Sunday with judging at 12:30 p.m. Participants in the latter event are to bring a picture of a lookalike. Those who are interested should contact 740-944-1533 about the baking contest and 944-1446 for the lookalike event.