Gravenstein Apple Fair: An Old-Time Country Festival
August 9, 2016Posted 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 13 and 14. 2016's event is the 104th 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 vendors, an artisan tasting lounge, chef demonstrations, live music on two stages, a petting zoo, animal displays, a chance to experience a taste of farm life, a hay maze, artisan booths selling handmade goods, performances by "Circus Waldissima" each afternoon, and of course apples!
The fair also features apple-related contests in the areas of apple pie baking and eating, 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 2016 Gravenstein Apple Fiar takes place Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, from 10 am to 6 pm. The Fair is held at Ragle Ranch Park, located at 500 Ragle Ranch Road in Sebastopol.
Admission at the door is $15 for adults 13+, $10 for adults who bike to the fair, $12 for seniors 65+ and veterans, and $10 for kids 6–12; kids 5 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets are availble at Copperfield's bookstores and Oliver's Markets and cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. Advance tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children, and are available online or at merchants like Copperfields Books, including their locations in San Rafael and Novato.
Premium on-site parking at Ragle Ranch Park 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