TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)--Hundreds turned out to get a taste of everything apple on Sunday, October 2nd. From apple cider, to apple jam, to all different kinds of apples… people had a delicious day at the Topeka’s Apple Festival in Old Prairie Town.
Fiddles strummed and hands clapped at Topeka's 32nd Apple Festival. Vendors sold everything apple, including different types of jams, breads, and cookies. Kids waited in line for their turn on the apple press.
But, the event wasn’t just about apples. Jim Two Crows, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Kyler Carpenter and Mother Goose all were attractions, along with a petting zoo. The Mulvane General Store, a one room school house, and the Ward-Meade house saw visitors as well. And the Topeka Chapter of the National Railway Historic Society volunteered at the train tracks. Volunteer Danny Downs says he's been giving railroad handcar rides for 13 or 14 years.
"I get repeat riders. I've been doing it so long I'll get people who rode with me in the past. It's fun doing it for the kids," said Downs.
Downs says in his years volunteering at the apple festival he hopes to introduce children to the railroad, where his family has deep ties.
"My dad, uncle, and grandpa all worked for the railroad, combined 100 years,” said Downs.
One event organizer shared the group hoped to see 8 to 10 thousand visitors this year. The Apple Festival ran from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.