Gravenstein Apple Fair: An Old-Time Country Festival
August 7, 2014Posted by pamela |
Where can you spend the day walking under ancient oaks following your nose from food booth to food booth (featuring frying apple fritters or slices of four-inch high apple pie), taking in terrific acoustic music, and experiencing the sights and sounds of a turn-of-the-century barnyard? At the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair, of course?
Sonoma County's summertime jewel takes place in Sebastopol's Ragle Ranch Park this weekend, August 9 and 10. 2014's event is the 102nd Gravenstein Apple Fair, which showcases the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and beers, games, entertainment, and farm life activities.
The Gravenstein Apple Fair is produced by Sonoma County Farm Trails, and celebrates Sebastopol's iconic sweet and tart apple variety. While the fair in days past was a massive agricultural and food processing showcase, the modern version features family friendly fun like arts and crafts booths, chef demonstrations, live music on two stages, a petting zoo, farm animal displays, a hay maze, artisan booths selling handmade goods, and of course apples!
The fair also features apple-related contests in the areas of apple pie baking and eating, applesauce drinking, no-hands caramel apple eating, and even apple juggling! There's truly something here for the entire family, so try to make it this weekend if you can.
If You Go
The 2014 Gravenstein Apple Fiar takes place Saturday, August 9, from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, August 10, from 10 am to 5 pm. The Fair is held at Ragle Ranch Park, located at 500 Ragle Ranch Road in Sebastopol.
Admission is $15 for adults 13+, $10 for seniors 65+ and bicyclists, and $5 for kids 6–12; kids 5 and under are admitted free. Parking on-site is $5, and there will be free valet parking for cyclists. Free parking and shuttle buses will be available at O'Reilly Media, 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, and the Holy Ghost Hall at 7690 Mill Station Road.
To get there, take Highway 101 north to the Highway 116 exit. Head west on Highway 116 into Sebastopol (about 10 miles) and follow the signs with the blue arrows to the fair and parking areas.
Photos: Gravenstein Apple Fair