Apple Festival Keeps Old Traditions Alive, Relevant

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- Sunny skies and cool temperatures accompanied a Topeka tradition that keeps a historic site thriving.

The 34th Annual Apple Festival took place Sunday at the Old Prairie Town, the historic Ward Meade Park site.

If Topekans wanted a blast from the past, the Apple Festival is perfect. There were pioneer demonstrations, old-fashioned music, entertainment, kids activities, vendors and food. The site's historic buildings, like the one-room schoolhouse, were open for touring.

Old Prairie Town is frozen in time, but demonstrators and festival-goers think it is still fun and relevant today.

Regina Shaver demonstrates her weaving skills on her eight-harness loom. Her and other members from the Topeka Hand Weavers club weave and spin at the Apple Festival each year, and go to the site whenever needed.

She believes the old-time skills she and other demonstrators show off still have importance today.

"I think everyone should learn some old tradition, from kindergarten," Shaver said. "Learn something because it's important to understand where we come from and where we're going."

Youngster Cole Hoyt enjoys going to the Apple Festival and plans on using the interesting things he saw for his classes.

"I think it's pretty cool," Hoyt said, "since I'm going to be taking history in class next semester, I'll know some things and I'll be able to impress the teacher."

The Apple Festival is Old Prairie Town's main fundraiser each year, and proceeds go toward keeping the tradition going and available to the community.