Applefest

Estimates are still being compiled but preliminary figures suggest that attendance at Applefest 2019 exceeded 20,000.

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.

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