The cooler weather brings thoughts of falling leaves and apples growing — and that means the annual Apple Festival in Johnston.
Marking its 26th year, the Annual Apple Festival is scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Johnston Memorial Park. [Click the link for a downloadable PDF.]
Volunteers and staffers from the North Central Chamber of Commerce will be putting the final touches on the event over the next week, readying for what could be tens of thousands of visitors over the weekend.
"It's like a great puzzle, where all the pieces have to come together," Chamber President Deb Ramos explained.
Some 85 food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and kids activities will dot the park's walkways, and the stage near the Memorial Wall will have a full slate of performances.
Ramos said the ever-popular apple pie baking competition is also part of the planned events this year — plus, the apple pie-eating contest makes its return after being cancelled last year.
The two-day affair kicks off on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Johnston High School Band leading a parade through the park.
Other activities include a "single mingle" for folks over 60 on Saturday night, touch-a-truck for kids from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and a classic car show on Sunday.
Vendor applications are still being accepted, Ramos explained.
For more information, call the Chamber at (401) 349-4674.