The 41st annual Apple Festival will have something for everyone visiting downtown Oak Harbor this weekend, a celebration that lures more than 25,000 visitors to western Ottawa County.
Apples will be in the spotlight, of course, with the Apple Festival Grand Parade on Water Street featuring the Apple Festival Royalty Court, the Oak Harbor High School Marching band and a wide variety of floats and marching politicians.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Main Stage will kick off the weekend with the 2019-2020 Royalty Contest at 9:15 a.m. For apple lovers, the Apple Baking Contest sponsored by Team Kuras is at 9:45 a.m. The Royalty Crowning will be at 10 a.m. and for really cute kids, the Rocket Pride Baby Contest at 11:30 a.m.
The Neil Wilson Memorial Grand Parade will march down Water Street at 2 p.m. The best place to watch is from the grandstand on Water Street.
The Cornhole Tournament will open the Beer Garden at 4 p.m. in the Mill Street Parking Lot. The annual Talent Show begins at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The Junk Band will be featured in the Beer Tent at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, the Shoreline Church Outdoor Worship Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. A free Kids Crafts program hosted by Rainbow Acres Educational Daycare is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Portage Fire Station.
The Apple Festival Car Show will take over the parking lot at Oak Harbor High School from noon-4 p.m. At the Oak Harbor Middle School, Sunday’s Apple Run will begin at 1 p.m. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 2 p.m.
On the Main Stage on Sunday, the Oak Harbor High School Music Performance Group will perform at 2 p.m.
There will be a Kids Fishing Derby on the Portage River at Mill Street on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Class A Dance Studio will perform at 5 p.m. on the Main Stage.
On Saturday and Sunday the local Boy Scout Troop 316 will be stirring apple butter and have it on sale at the Log Cabin. Kissel Amusements will have a variety of rides and games in the Mill Street lots and there will be a Craft & Vendor Show at Community Markets VFW Hall. St. John Lutheran Church will host its weekend Rummage Sale.
Parking will be at a premium all weekend, and Water Street will be closed to vehicle traffic. The easiest way to tour the Apple Festival is to take advantage of the free parking at Oak Harbor High School and ride the tour train to the festival, which is only $1 each way.
Apple Festival events for Oct 11th – 13th
Friday, October 11th
6:00 PM Apple Festival Baking Contest – OH Municipal Building
Saturday, October 12th
9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies/National Anthem by Dave Ninke/Dorothy Heiks Award – Main Stage
9:15 AM 2019-2020 Royalty Contest – Main Stage
9:45 AM 2019 Baking Contest Winners – Main Stage
10:00 AM 2019-2020 Royalty Crowning – Main Stage
11:30 AM Baby Contest – “Rocket Pride” – Main Stage
2:00 PM Neil Wilson Memorial Grand Parade – Main Street Judging
4:00 PM Parade Awards/Introduction of Visiting Royalty – Main Stage
4:00 PM Cornhole Tournament/Beer Garden Opens – Mill Street Parking Lot
6:00 PM Annual Talent Show – Main Stage
6:00 PM Bingo – Portage Fire Station
8:00 PM Dance/Beer Tent “The Junk” –21 & Over – Mill Street Tent
Sunday, October 13th
10:30 AM-12:00 PM Shoreline Church Outdoor Worship Service – Main Stage
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Portage Fire Station Open House – Portage Fire Station
12:30 PM-2:30 PM Free Kids Crafts – Portage Fire Station
12:00 PM-4:00 PM Apple Festival Car Show – Oak Harbor High School
1:00 PM Youth Ages 8 & Under Apple Run – OH Middle School
1:30 PM Youth Ages 9-14 Apple Run – OH Middle School
2:00 PM 5K Run & Walk – OH Middle School
2:00 PM Oak Harbor High School Music Performance Group – Main Stage
2:30 PM Kids Fishing Derby – Portage River-Mill Street
3:30 PM B-C-S School Choirs Main Stage
3:00 PM Apple Run Awards – OH Middle School
3:30 PM Car Show Awards – Oak Harbor High School
5:00 PM Class A Dance Studio – Main Stage
Saturday & Sunday
Boy Scout Apple Butter Stir & Sale – Beside Main Stage
Rides & Games
Craft & Vendor Show – Community Markets VFW Hall
Rummage Sale – St. John Lutheran Church
Park for FREE at Oak Harbor High School and ride the tour train to the festival for only $1 each way!