A little rain couldn’t dampen the September 12 opening of the 41st Applefest, an annual family tradition for many Fenton area residents. Thousands of people visited the four-day event, which is a fundraiser hosted by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish.
Applefest has delighted visitors over the years with hundreds of homemade apple pies, apple crisp and apple dumplings. The family-oriented festival features carnival rides, games, an apple pie contest, a cake walk, car raffles, chicken and fish dinners and a pancake breakfast. Elephant Ears, ice cream, Sloppy Joes, tacos and French fries are just a few of the tasty treats offered to festival-goers. An enduring favorite however, is Padre’s Chili, made by Father David Harvey. Twenty-five years ago, he cooked up ten batches for the event and now prepares numerous gallons of the spicy concoction with the help of parishioners and friends.
Live entertainment was provided this year by Detroit’s legendary Bob Seger tribute band “Lookin’ Back,” rising country star David Shelby, and local legend, Dirty Murphy.
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