Topeka Tradition Celebrates Fall, All Things Apple

TOPEKA, Kan. - From 10a.m. - 5p.m. Sunday, October 5, Old Prairie Town, 1st and Clay, was the site of the annual Apple Festival.

Apple Festival is a long-time Topeka tradition celebrating fall and everything apple! It's also Old Prairie Town's biggest fundraiser.

The festival was fun for the whole family, including live entertainment, demonstrations, heritage food and an arts and crafts fair.

"It's kind of a way to step back in the past and get out of today's world," said Sara Leeth, Executive Director of Old Prairie Town. "You can step back and have a nice time and do some old-fashioned things you don't ever get to do anymore."

Some of those things included weaving and making thread from the animal hair.

This year's entertainment featured The Faris Family Bluegrass Band. Other performances on the main stage included Jim Two Crows, and Capstone - The Magician. Kyler Carpenter performed on the courtyard stage. Other entertainment throughout the day included "Laura Ingalls Wilder," a petting zoo, "Mother Goose," blacksmith demonstrations, annual quilt show and heritage food.

All the historic buildings were open with tour guides available.

Peddlers Village, the arts and crafts fair, were set up throughout the 2.5 acre botanical gardens. There was a wide variety of things to see between the 50-60 vendors present.

But why the apple theme for the festival? "That started 29 years ago and I think it just started because apples are fall," said Leeth.


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