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Last Saturday, October 16th. dawned  warm, sunny ….. a perfect Fall day for an outing to the Bowmanville Apple Festival. This event has been increasing in popularity since it began 21 years ago and features plenty of food, live music, craft booths and rides.

The apple takes main stage and was found in many forms from the healthy variety to the more exotic apple dumplings (delicious by the way!), candy coated, caramel coated, wrapped in pastry and “muffined” up.  Potential pie customers who decided that they didn’t want to carry around an apple pie amidst the throngs of people, pets and baby carriages, were out of luck finding one after 12:30!  I’ll know next year to ask one of the many accomodating vendors to “hold” one for me as my friend Janet and I went home “pieless”.  We did not, however, leave hungry!  The music was enjoyable, the vendors from a variety of businesses, local churches, sports teams and countless food booths were set up along King Street which was closed for the event. The midway rides, live elephant rides, fish ponds and a jumping castle provided lots of opportunities for the kids. We saw many painted faces…as well as some young teens that were taking turns being  “dunked” if the cold water below to raise money for their sports group. How brave they were sitting there in their wet bathing suits shivering in the Fall sunshine.

Bowmanville is a small town that still maintains that flavour. There are many great shops and restaurants which deserve visits throughout the year, not just for Apple Fest. Mark it on your calendar for the future. Bowmanville is about 45 minutes east of Toronto.  See the photos featured above for a glimpse of the festival.

About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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