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Carl Whitehill

Director of Communications

Destination Gettysburg

(717) 338-1055 or carl@destinationgettysburg.com



National Apple Harvest Festival marks 50 years

Gettysburg’s biggest event celebrates local fruit industry’s gem – the apple


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – July 29, 2014


The first two weekends of October every year, all eyes are on the rural countryside north of the historic town of Gettysburg, Pa., where 100,000 people ascend upon the valley to celebrate the apple.


This year, the National Apple Harvest Festival celebrates 50 years – bringing families together for decades to experience food, entertainment, crafts and more at the South Mountain Fairgrounds in nearby Arendtsville, Pa.


“The 50th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival will be an old-fashioned, fun-filled, family event that offers guests a truly down-home, feel-good time,” said Dawn Bodenberg, with NAHF.


This year’s National Apple Harvest Festival, to be held Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 11-12, promises to be one of the biggest celebrations of the iconic fruit yet, as the event celebrates its 50th anniversary of bringing fall fun to Adams County, Pa.


The festival not only draws visitors from all over the country each year, but also hundreds of vendors selling crafts, art and unique handcrafted goods. Families are encouraged to enjoy the festival together, and there will be multiple activities for children, including hay piles to play in and scarecrow stuffing. As is tradition, stages with live musical entertainment will be set up, along with an antique tractor exhibition and steam engine displays.


The festival is held in the middle of “Apple Country” at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, and tractor-led tours will take visitors through the orchards to see where the produce is grown. Quite possibly the best part of the festival is the food – dozens of vendors will be selling everything from apple pie to apple fritters to apple cider – along with pulled pork, sweet potato fries and everything in between.


“The South Mountain Fairgrounds has an inviting, rustic setting with its brilliant fall foliage,” said Bodenberg. “The countryside surrounding the fairgrounds has great visual beauty and encompasses some of the East Coast’s most productive agricultural areas, including the famous Adams County Fruit Belt, where orchards extend for miles along the eastern slope of the South Mountain Range,” Bodenberg said.


The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and kids 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.appleharvest.com.


Destination Gettysburg (formerly, the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau), the official destination marketing organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact.


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Carl Whitehill

Director of Communications

(T) 717-338-1055


Destination Gettysburg

The official destination marketing organization for Gettysburg and Adams County, PA

Formerly the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau



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