By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
The weather is starting to cool down, the trees around here are changing and the first weekend of October is upon us.
That means one thing in Huron Township: Applefest!
Every fall, downtown New Boston is turned into a festival that celebrates the harvest, community, crafts and music. 2014 marks the 35th year that the festival has been running.
This year, you can expect all of your favorite aspects of Applefest to be readily available. Whether you’re into arts and crafts, the “kid’s zone” for the young-ones, apple themed treats (apple pie – yum!) or even a fiddlers contest, there is something at Applefest that will appeal to folks of all ages.
This year at Applefest, the Huron Township Police Department will introduce to the community it’s first Mounted Unit.
The unit, which will be lead by Huron Township resident Cherie Stump, will consist of eight to ten certified horses and officers. The Mounted Unit, according to Police Chief Everette Robbins, is funded by the Chapp and Bushey Oil Company.
“We cannot thank them enough for their support,” said Robbins.
A private, initial gathering and debut of the Mounted Unit will take place on Saturday morning, followed by a public unveiling during the Applefest Parade. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the entrance to Huron Metropark on Waltz Road and will continue over the blue bridge into downtown New Boston and straight out Huron River Drive.
“You will also see this great group of people, and horses, patrolling our area during the Applefest festivities,” said Robbins.
Applefest is one of the most popular events to take place in Huron Township every year. On the Applefest website, Applefest Chairman Michael Glaab expressed his appreciation for all of the people who make the festival possible every fall.
“It is only because of the willingness to work together that the Applefest continues to be one of the most popular fall events in the area. Please allow me to recognize the tremendous cooperation of our residents and local business community along Huron River Drive-Downtown New Boston. Each year, the first weekend of October, they have to change their normal way of doing things to allow the Applefest to be successful. We are always grateful for their contribution.”
The festivals hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information regarding Applefest, where to park, and what kind of entertainment you can expect, visit www.HuronAppleFest.com.
See you at Applefest!