The weather was gorgeous last weekend as a crowd estimated at 20-25,000 packed five city blocks and Cedaredge’s three-acre park to celebrate the 42nd annual Applefest. To get a better estimate of crowd size by literally counting noses, this year’s organizers employed an aerial drone but those results will take a while to compile.
In the meantime, other measurements suggest that this year’s attendance may turn out to be one of the largest in recent memory. Analyzing Cedaredge’s sprawling Applefest is a challenge and the festival, with its multiple booths, array of events and surging crowds, can be overwhelming. So it may help to think of Applefest as a gigantic apple pie and here are a few manageable slices to comprehend last weekend’s extravaganza:
5,500: Number of books sold at the Friends of the Cedaredge Library sale.
2,000: Number of auto enthusiasts who viewed classic cars in Saturday’s Pioneer Town show.
657: Number of weekend meals served by the Surface Creek Lions Club.
601: Number of diners at the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department’s popular Five Alarm Chili Cook-Off.
558: Number of slices of apple pie served by the Cedaredge Rotary Club.
445: Number of meals served at the Cedaredge Future Farmers of America Alumi pancake breakfast.
273: Number of Applefest vendor booths.
151: Number of classic cars on display at Pioneer Town.
130: Number of burritos sold at the car show by the Cedar Mesa Club.
60: Number of vintage motorcycles on display on Southwest Second Street.
25: Number of flags placed along Main Street by Grand Mesa VFW Post 9221.
16: Number of locally-grown apple varieties for sale at Applefest.
15: Number of people necessary to win The Pondy tavern’s fifth annual outhouse stuffing contest.
14: Number of musicians who performed at town park bandstand.
2.5: Number of miles traffic flowing northward into Cedaredge was backed up at midday Saturday.
0: Number of guitar strings broken by Applefest musicians.