Covering Cedaredge's sprawling Applefest event is a challenge. The festival can be overwhelming with its multiple booths, its ever-changing array of events, and its surging crowds of apple-enthusiasts. So, if Applefest is a gigantic apple pie, here are a few manageable slices to comprehend the extravaganza:
2,500: number of books sold on Saturday at the Friends of the Cedaredge Library sale;
900: number of visitors who viewed the Saturday version of the classic car/tractor show at Pioneer Town;
750: number of weekend meals served by the Surface Creek Lions Club;
600: number of slices of apple pie served by the Cedaredge Rotary Club;
400: number of meals served at the Cedaredge Future Farmers of America's all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast;
19: number of musicians who performed on town park stage during the festival;
17: number of years the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department has been hosting its popular five-alarm chili cook-off;
16: number of locally-grown apple varieties for sale at Applefest;
15: number of people necessary to win The Pondy's outhouse stuffing contest;
14: number of entrants in the first annual stein holding competition;
8: number of stein holders who were women;
1: number of Applefest events cancelled due to weather (first annual junior rodeo);
Less than 1: number of seconds separating the fastest man and fastest woman in the Applefest 5k race.
On Dec. 2, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a report of an assault. Officers spoke with a 64-year-old male with a bleeding injury on his neck.