Palomar Mountain State Park’s Apple Festival, which celebrates the area’s apple heritage, is set for Oct. 15.
The seventh annual event hosted by the nonprofit group, Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park, includes a lineup of apple-themed crafts and country-style entertainment.
Horse-drawn wagon rides, birdhouse making and cider tasting are among the highlights along with gunny sack races and bean bag toss games.
Live music will be performed by the Palomar Pickers and horse-drawn wagon rides will be given throughout the day.
Craft-making activities include apple wood necklace and ornament designing, corn husk doll making and birdhouse building along with wool spinning.
Visitors can press apples and make their own cider. There will be a pie-eating contest for youths and a longest beard contest.
Chili and cornbread will be sold for $5. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in 19th-century-style farmstead attire.
Admission is free. The $10 state park day-use parking fee is waived for the event.
The festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Palomar Mountain State Park’s Silvercrest picnic area, about 0.2 miles from the entrance kiosk. There will be a open air trolley service to shuttle folks from the different parking lots to the Apple Festival.
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