Great weather brings record AppleFest crowds

By Hank Lohmeyer


The story of AppleFest 2015 was the weather. Everywhere were heard comments on the superb, perfect day that welcomed visitors to 2015 AppleFest last Saturday.

In case there is anyone who hasn't been keeping track, Saturday, Oct. 5, was absolutely one of the most perfect weather days the Surface Creek Valley has enjoyed this year. Autumn really put on its finest for the thousands of people who hopped in the car and headed for Cedaredge to bask in the fall sunshine and take in the variety of vendors and entertainment. They absolutely jammed the Main Street arcade and Town Park last weekend.

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is the main sponsor for AppleFest. Organizers said that a record number of vendor booths surrounded Town Park, laced their way through it, and then lined both sides of Main Street from NW 5th for five blocks, all the way down to Grand Mesa Drive.

The variety of attractions and distractions was immense. People checked out the booths and then also provided a busy day of business for Main Street restaurants especially.

Various scheduled activities took place, and the DCI was still working to gather some results as deadline approached for this week.

Every square inch of available shade was occupied in Town Park as music lovers set themselves to enjoy two full days of musical entertainment that took to the Centennial Bandstand stage.

There was food for every taste, and this year some electrical upgrades made to the Town Park grid system helped ensure that vendors got the electricity they needed to serve all the hungry people. There was everything from sno cones to beef brats and Lionburgers offered up as part of a big annual fundraiser by the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club.

The second official day of the festival on Sunday, Oct. 4, was just as wonderful, with plenty of good music, food, arts and crafts and warm sunshine.

For photos of 2015 AppleFest, please turn to page C3.