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FALL FESTIVALS

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2017 marks the 43rd year running that Applecrest has invited our community to celebrate and share in the harvest. Our Festivals offer a break from the tangle of everyday living with pure and simple, honest-to-goodness family fun. They’re a time when moms and dads, grandparents and grandchildren, can reconnect with each other and with the land to make memories that last a lifetime. So, grab the gang and come visit us at Applecrest where, as always, admission and parking is FREE. See you at the farm!

Our Fall festivals launch on the first weekend in September and run from 11:00a to 5:00p, both Saturday and Sunday, every weekend, through the end of October. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pick-Your-Own Apples, Raspberries, Peaches & Pumpkins. Cut-your-own flowers too!
  • FREE live Bluegrass music (beginning at 1:00p)
  • Old-Fashioned ice cream barn with 25 local-made flavors featuring our own grown-on-the-farm fruits.
  • Horse-drawn Hayrides (last ride at 4:00p)
  • Children’s Petting Zoo
  • Face Painting & Balloons
  • Pie Eating Contests
  • Apple Pie & Ice Cream
  • Old-Fashioned Hot Cider Donuts
  • Make-your-own Scarecrow
  • Our Famous Corn Roast featuring: grilled gourmet sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers, fire-roasted corn, Maine clam chowder, fresh pressed apple cider and more.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 25, 2017 (10a to 3p)

Five rolling acres of juicy berries and a cool spring-fed pond provide the backdrop for a fun-filled day of Pick-Your-Own strawberries, free live bluegrass music, tractor rides, face painting, kid’s bouncy house, hot cider donuts and a bevy of strawberry inspired delicacies from our very own scratch kitchen and bakery.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL:
Sunday, July 23, 2017 (10a to 3p)

Acre after acre of low-hanging ripe blue berries are the focal point for our 2nd Annual Blueberry Festival. Beat the Summer-time Blues with a fun-filled day of Pick-Your-Own blueberries, free live bluegrass music, tractor rides, face painting, kid’s bouncy house, hot cider donuts and a generous spread of our blueberry inspired treats from our bakery and bistro.

PEACH FESTIVAL: Sunday, August 20, 2017 (10a to 3p)

Our 11th annual celebration of all things peachy! Applecrest is home to more than 20 distinct varieties of succulent tree-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums. Come spend the day and pick ‘em straight from the tree. Our peach festival features free live bluegrass music, tractor rides to the peach orchard, face painting, kid’s bouncy house, our famous corn roast and sausage grill, hot cider donuts and every peach inspired yummy under the sun.

ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW: Date in September TBD

Join us for our 10th Annual Antique Tractor Show featuring an amazing array of old-timer antique tractors, courtesy of the East Coast Antique Tractor Club. From a 1919 steel-wheeled International to an extremely rare 1958 John Deere 730 diesel, there’s plenty of eye candy for all.

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW: Date in October TBD

Like old cars? Well, this is the place to be. For the 14th year running, Applecrest is hosting the North Shore Antique Car Club and twenty-odd of their best and brightest. Come marvel at the chrome gleam of some of the coolest cars ever to hit the road. Intrigued?

BREWFEST 5k: Date in September TBD (10:00a start-time)

Our way of getting the season off to a running start! The 1st Annual Applecrest BrewFest 5k starts and finishes right here at the farm. Moderately hilly but, designed for just about any runner or walker, the course runs 100% on and through our super scenic fields and orchards. At the finish, runners are treated to fresh-baked apple pie and ice cream and a tall glass of our famous wood-pressed apple cider. Of age runners are entitled to sample from a variety of craft brews from our neighbors at Smuttynose Brewery.  Be one of the first 300 to register and you’ll be toasting your 5K run out of a commemorative Smuttynose tasting mug. (Family and friends can purchase tickets into the BrewFest. Must be 21 years old to sample beer.

For more info or to register, CLICK HERE:

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW: Date in October TBD

Still Like old cars? Well, this is again the place to be. For the 4th year running, Applecrest is hosting a dual meet with Austin Healy Club of New England & the NH British Car Club. We’re expecting a huge turnout this year so it’s sure to be a pleaser for the Anglophile motorist in everyone.

ANTIQUE TRACTOR PLOW DAY: Date in October TBD

What better way to end a great season then to....PLOW!  We're very pleased to once again welcome the East Coast Antique Tractor Club for our 10th Annual Applecrest Plow Day. An army of old-timer tractors will be helping us get ready for winter, ripping and roaring and turning earth all the farm over.  So, gather your littles and join us here at the farm and marvel at how they used to do it.

STORYBOOK HAYRIDES: Date in October TBD

Beloved fairy tale characters take to our orchards, performing sweet vignettes for children perched on a roving horse-drawn hay wagon. In eight lively scenes, kids partake in the classics, warning Little Red of the approaching wolf, watching Humpty Dumpty have his great fall, helping Dorothy and The Scarecrow along the yellow brick road and much, much more.

A note to all Kiddos: costumes, though not required, are always warmly welcome!

Fee: $7.00 per/person (infants ride free). Proceeds help finance the Sanborn Regional High School Drama Club's yearly sojourn to The Big Apple for a Broadway show. Come support the students and enjoy some good, old-fashioned Halloween fun.

GIANT PUMPKIN CARVE: Date in October TBD

Prepare to be astounded as our master carver get after it with a 800lb giant jack-o-lantern. No one knows just what he’ll whittle that pumpkin into….come be surprised!

ORCHARD CROSS BIKE RACE: Date in October TBD

Our very own sprint to the finish! Applecrest is proud to once again host NorEast Cycling Championships for the 8th Annual Orchard Cross bike race. This unique 100 year-old cycling tradition is a real treat to watch. With plenty of sleek spandex, suped-up bikes and a 2-mile looped multi-terrain orchard course, this cyclo-cross event is one not to be missed. Also featuring a kid’s race, an all-ages costume rally and a pumpkin carving contest.
For more info and to register, CLICK HERE

2017 Festival Schedule & Musical Performers:

Note: as Mother Nature sometimes dashes our best intentions, please call ahead for up-to-the-minute festival info and picking conditions.

Strawberry Festival

Sun, Jun 25, 2017: Taylor River Band

Blueberry Festival

Sun, Jul 23, 2017: Taylor River Band

Peach Festival

Sun, Aug 20, 2017: Taylor River Band

Labor Day Weekend Festival

Sat, Sep 3, 2016: Taylor River Band
Sun, Sep 4, 2016: Granite Grass
Mon, Sep 5, 2016: Taylor River Band (also featuring our 14th Annual Antique Car Show)

Harvest Kick-Off

Sat, Sep 10, 2016: Granite Grass
Sun, Sep 11, 2016: Granite Grass (also featuring our 10th Annual Antique Tractor Show & the inaugural BrewFest 5k)

Indian Summer Festival

Sat, Sep 17, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass
Sun, Sep 18, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass

Autumn Equinox

Sat, Sep 24, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass
Sun, Sep 25, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass

Oktoberfest

Sat, Oct 1, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass
Sun, Oct 2, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass

Columbus Day Weekend Festival

Sat, Oct 8, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass
Sun, Oct 9, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass (also featuring our 4th Annual British Car Show)
Mon, Oct 10, 2016: Monadnock Bluegrass

Fall Foliage Spectacular

Sat, Oct 15, 2016: Descendants of Bluegrass
Sun, Oct 16, 2016: Monadnock Bluegrass (also featuring our 9th Annual Antique Tractor Plow Day)

Storybook Hayrides

Sat, Oct 22, 2016: Monadnock Bluegrass
Sun, Oct 23, 2016: Taylor River Band (also featuring our 1st Annual Giant Pumpkin Carve)

Storybook Hayrides & Harvest Closer

Sat, Oct 29, 2016: Granite Grass
Sun, Oct 30, 2016: Granite Grass (also featuring the 7th Annual OrchardCross Bike Race)

Applecrest Farm | 133 Exeter Road (Rt.88) | Hampton Falls, NH 03844 | Phone 603.926.3721 | info@applecrest.com