The crowd at Applepalooza from THe jUNK’s Facebook page via Carolyn Rodenhauser
Every year the second full weekend in October Oak Harbor holds its annual Apple Festival. This year the 35th annual celebration was held Oct. 11-13. The festival hosts the Apple Run 5k, a parade, baking contests, kiddie tractor pulls, food vendors, local apple orchard vendors, rides, entertainment and more. This year there was a revival of after-hours entertainment called Applepalooza.
“The event is a collaboration with the Oak Harbor Chamber,” said Applepalooza creator Carolyn Rodenhauser. “We approached local businesses to see if there was an interest and Community Markets stepped right up to the plate.” Rodenhauser said that she wanted to have better entertainment at night for the Apple Festival to draw more people downtown for the event. “The Apple Festival and Applepalooza are good for the community and it’s what the community needs,” Rodenhauser explained.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 12, Last Born Sons played and were followed by the Junk playing from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Over 1000 wrist bands were sold for the Applepalooza event which started at 4 p.m. Fifty volunteers from the Oak Harbor, Port Clinton and Fremont areas helped to make the event happen. Sponsors for the event included Community Markets, Crogan Colonial Bank, Valerie’s, Radiant Window and Remodeling, Todd Puckett of State Farm, Centurion Technologies and First National Bank.
As for the Apple Festival overall, Valerie Winterfield, Executive Director and Apple Festival Chairman, on Friday said they expected 20,000 people to attend the festival throughout the weekend. “With the weather being so beautiful, we’re going to have a great event,” said Winterfield. And it was.
Photos by Jasmine Cupp
Apple Festival 2013