Cooperstown Rotary Club's annual AppleFest

By Cindy McNicholl

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

September 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM

September 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Location: grounds of Fly Creek Cider Mill

Event Description

The Cooperstown Rotary Club's annual AppleFest, a two day celebration during New York's peak apple harvest, will be held again this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th & 16th, from 10AM until 5PM Saturday, and noon until 5PM on Sunday, on the grounds of Fly Creek Cider Mill.

The Rotary tent, staffed by volunteer members of the Cooperstown Rotary Club, local college students and many others, will feature a raffle and silent auction of items donated by local businesses, face and pumpkin painting for children, a coloring contest for grades PK - 4, and a chance to build you own scarecrow. As part of Cooperstown Rotary Club's literacy drive, all children visiting the Storytelling Tent will receive a free book.

The popular Kids Corner will include a bouncy house and NEW this year, a dime toss. "A small town carnival favorite, the dime toss is sure to be a new favorite at AppleFest, so bring your piggy bank full of dimes for your shot at some great prizes, " says Angie Erway, chairperson of this event.

"Coming to AppleFest is a great way to have fun and support the work of Rotary. AppleFest is our club's biggest fundraiser and last year we raised over $20,000, the most ever," added Erway.

Cooperstown Rotary's Apple Baking Contest, a huge hit last year, will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 1:30-4PM at AppleFest. Awards and ribbons will given for "Yummiest", "Most apple-ing (visual)" and "Best Use of the Apple (most original)". There will also be an exhibit of tractors on display during the weekend.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is a historic, water-powered mill on the banks of Fly Creek in the heart of beautiful Central New York just minutes from Cooperstown. For more than 150 years visitors have witnessed the pressing of fresh, sweet and delicious cider creating an experience that has become a tradition shared by generations. The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is located in the hamlet of Fly Creek, NY, only a short three miles or five minutes northwest of Cooperstown. South of the Mohawk Valley, the Mill is an easy 24-mile drive from Herkimer and Interstate 90 (Exit 30.)

Rotary, a global network of community volunteers, is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. Founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Since its founding in 1924, the Rotary Club of Cooperstown has played an active role in supporting the Cooperstown community on many levels, including volunteer service and financial support to local charities, educational and cultural organizations. One of the club's most popular endeavors is the Youth Exchange Program which sends local high school students abroad and places foreign students with local families for a year of study, language and cultural immersion.

About Rotary International
Rotary’s top philanthropic goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. To date, Rotary has contributed nearly US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is currently working to raise an additional $200 million toward a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These efforts are providing much needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment and educational materials for health workers and parents. For more information, visit
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