It has been a beautiful week under sunny skies and it seems the sun will continue to shine through the weekend in Fortuna for the 28th Annual Apple Harvest.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday visitors to the Harvest can enjoy hay rides around Fortuna to 7 venues ending at 4 p.m. The venues include Strongs Creek Plaza, Redwood Village Shopping Center, South Fortuna Elementary School, Ray's Food Place, Rohner Park, Downtown Fortuna, and Clendenen's Cider Works. In addition to all of these great locations, the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department is holding their Annual Open House to kick-off Fire Prevention Week in Fortuna at their Main Station on South Fortuna Boulevard.
Strongs Creek Plaza will be hosting their 3rd annual Fortuna Apple Harvest Free Kid's Festivities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be Shriner's Clowns, Child ID Program, sidewalk sales, Firehouse Lemonade Stand, Miranda's Rescue petting zoo, bounce house, Kim Korobi Stables, information booth for MOPS & Fortuna Cash Mob, and a special appearance by Jessie from "Toy Story."
Redwood Village will be having free pony rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with face painting, wax hands, bounce houses, food, music, treats, sidewalk sales, merchant specials, and other activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
South Fortuna Elementary School will be the place to be for a Disaster Preparedness Fair hosted by the Fortuna Police Department. The American Red Cross, Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance, and others will be on hand to help complete the wealth of information. During the Harvest, the Army is scheduled to land two combat helicopters on the school field and will be setting up a rock climbing wall for attendees over the age of 16.
Ray's Food Place will have Redwood Preparatory Charter School selling hot dogs, a bounce house, Fortuna High FFA petting zoo, fall produce tent sale, and other family fun events.
Rohner Park with be hosting the Redwood Memorial Hospital health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with informational booths, blood pressure & glucose checks, body fat testing, advance directives information, and more. Additionally there will be the 8th Annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off, pulled pork sandwiches by Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Big Park Variety Sale, Depot Museum, and $4 skating at the Pavilion for all ages from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doug Fir and the 2x4's along with Melange will share the stage playing live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those looking to cut up a little rug.
Downtown Fortuna will come alive at 9 a.m. and settle down at 5 p.m. with an old-fashioned street fair. There will be an endless supply of civic organizations and other food vendors selling homemade apple pies, apple crisp, apple fritters, ice cream, Texas-style barbecue, cinnamon rolls, and much more. The streets will be lined with craft and artisan booths to join the merchants in their Apple Harvest specials. Live music will ring out from The Compost Mountain Boys and The Swingin' Country Band and kids can enjoy the bounce house.
Clendenen's Cider Works will have their narrated orchard tours, samples of new and vintage apples, an Applewood barbecue, caramel apples, apple dumplings, balloons, apple cider, and the sweet sounds of the Scotia Band & Falling Rocks.
For more information on the Fortuna Apple Harvest contact the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce at 725-3959.
Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon
The Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department show their skills during one of many Fortuna events that they volunteer their time. FVFD will be present at their Main Station on South Fortuna Boulevard during the Fortuna Apple Harvest on Saturday.