The 29th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is fast approaching and so is the deadline for obtaining a booth at one of the many locations throughout town during the event.
The event hosts hay rides, a health fair, live music, good food and lots of fun for all ages. The fun begins on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will also be the 2nd annual Harvest Market on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Market will include hay rides between downtown and Clendenen's as well as round trip Speeder Car Rides leaving from Clendenen's to Main Street and returning to Clendenen's.
The Apple Harvest will provide six venues of entertainment and will include Clendenen's Cider Works & Apple Orchard, Rohner Park, Downtown Fortuna, Volunteer Fire Department, Strong's Creek Plaza and Ray's Food Place. This will be the first year that there will not be activities at the Redwood Village Shopping Mall.
If you would like to get a booth set up on Main Street Fortuna you can contact Marilyn Strehl at Strehl's Family Shoes at 725-2610.
"We are really looking forward to all of the vendor booths and the business sidewalk sales," Strehl said. "It is going to be a great event and if you can't get your registration in by the Sept. 29 deadline don't give up. We can still take applications on the day of the event so long as we have room."
Booth registration by Sept. 29 will cost $30 for vendors and $50 for food booths. After Sept. 29, those fees raise to $40 and $60 for Saturday's events.
For Oct. 6 events, fees paying by Sept. 29 are $20 for a vendor, $20 for a farmer, and $40 for a food booth. Again those fees will go up $5 if you do not make the registration date.
Clendenen's has already filled their booths, but you can contact Christina at Fortuna Parks and Rec to inquire about availability at the Park by calling 725-7620.
Strong's Creek Plaza will also have sidewalk sales and vendors. For more information about availability contact KiDiLiCiouS at 725-3200.
Clendenen's will be hosting narrated tours through their apple orchard, Applewood BBQ, vendor booths, live music, cider, and a wide variety of apples.
Rohner Park and the Fortuna Police Department will be hosting a Disaster Fair highlighting many areas including a military helicopter landing, emergency vehicles, search and rescue team members, and equipment. Redwood Memorial Hospital will be holding its health fair in the Rec Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where you can gain information, blood pressure and glucose checks, body fat testing, advance directives information, and much more. In true tradition the Dutch Oven Society will be holding their competition and giving out samples after the judging. There will be food, vendors, live music 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., skating 5 to 8 p.m. for $4, and free museum tours.
Main Street will be alive with vendors, crafts, apple products, Texas barbecue, a bounce house, music, and much more.
The Fortuna Fire Department will be having an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with information booths, displays on fire apparatus and equipment, antique fire apparatus, fire truck rides, and demonstrations of the Jaws of Life and a fire prevention trailer. The Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, water and soda. All proceeds from the sales go to benefit families that are burned out of their homes, to support our firefighters that are out on extended calls and to offer scholarships for college education for our firefighters' families.
Ray's Food Place will be having bounce houses, snow cones, face painting, produce sales, barbecue, and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Strongs Creek Plaza will be having a variety of activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bounce House, Carousel, animals from Miranda's Rescue, Bake Sale, Fire House Apple Cider, Root Beer Floats, Cotton Candy, Folk Music, and more with a gymnastics demonstration from HealthSPORT from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6 will liven up the streets of Fortuna once again with vendors, crafts, fresh produce in an open air market style Harvest Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wagon rides will return die-hard harvest fans to Clendenen's where there will again be apple orchard tours, apple tasting, and barbecue.
The highlight of this year's event will be the Speeder Car rides from Clendenen's to 8th Street.
The Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival and Harvest Market are sponsored by the Apple Harvest Committee and planned in conjunction with the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, Clendenen's Cider Works, the Fortuna Downtown Business Association, Strongs Creek Plaza, Ray's Food Place, the Fortuna Fire Department and the City of Fortuna Parks and Recreation Department. For more information please call the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce at 707-725-3959.