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FALL FESTIVALS

2013 marks the 39th 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 Folk and 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 16, 2013 (10a to 3p)

Four 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 drawn hayrides, face painting, gourmet sausage grill, cider donuts and a bevy of strawberry inspired delicacies from our very own scratch kitchen and bakery.

PEACH FESTIVAL: Sunday, August 18, 2013 (10a to 4p)

Our 8th 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-drawn hayrides to the peach orchard, our famous corn roast and sausage grill, hot cider donuts and every peach inspired yummy under the sun.

HALF-MARATHON ROAD RACE: Sunday, September 8, 2013 (8:30a start-time)

Our way of getting the season off to a running start! The 2nd Annual Applecrest Half-Marathon starts and finishes right here at the farm. Moderately hilly but, designed for just about any runner or walker, the course runs on 100% rural NH back roads. 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. For more info about the race, click here.

ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW: Sunday, September 8, 2013

Join us for our 7th 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: Sunday, October 13, 2013

Like old cars? Well, this is the place to be. For the 12th year running, Applecrest is hosting the North Shore Antique Car Club and forty-odd of their best and brightest. Come marvel at the chrome gleam of some of the coolest cars ever to hit the road.

ANTIQUE TRACTOR PLOW DAY: Sunday, October 20, 2013

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 7th 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 little Jack and Jane and join us here at the farm to revel in the fall foliage and see how they used to do it.

STORYBOOK HAYRIDES: October 19th, 20th, 26th & 27th, 2013 (11a to 4p)

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: $6.00 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.

THE APPLE DASH 5k: Saturday, October 26, 2013

A true cross-country trail run and one FUN race! If you like to get dirty and challenge yourself with hills, mud and water, this race is for you. Our 2nd annual 5k course takes runners through the orchards, fields and trails of the farm, weaving in and out of apple tree rows for a challenging finish! A bonus 1-miler and free kids run are followed with free live bluegrass, award ceremony and spectacular refreshments.

For more info about the Apple Dash 5K and 1-Miler click here.

ORCHARD CROSS BIKE RACE: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Our very own sprint to the finish! Applecrest is proud to once again host NorEast Cycling and the New England Cyclocross Championships for the 5th 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 about the Orchard Cross bike race click here.

2013 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 26, 2013: Taylor River Band

Peach Festival

Sun, Aug 18, 2013: Taylor River Band

Labor Day Weekend Festival

Sat, Aug 31, 2013: Taylor River Band
Sun, Sep 1, 2013: Granite Grass
Mon, Sep 2, 2013: Taylor River Band

Harvest Kick-Off

Sat, Sep 7, 2013: Granite Grass
Sun, Sep 8, 2013: Southern Rail (also featuring our 7th Annual Antique Tractor Show & the 2nd Annual Applecrest Half-Marathon)

Indian Summer Festival

Sat, Sep 14, 2013: Granite Grass
Sun, Sep 15, 2013: Chad Hollister

Autumn Equinox

Sat, Sep 21, 2013: Granite Grass
Sun, Sep 22, 2013: White Mountain Blue Grass

100th Anniversary Celebration

Sat, Sep 28, 2013: White Mountain Blue Grass
Sun, Sep 29, 2013: Granite Grass (AM) & White Mountain Blue Grass (PM)

Harvest Hoedown

Sat, Oct 5, 2013: White Mountain Blue Grass
Sun, Oct 6, 2013: Southern Rail

Columbus Day Weekend Festival

Sat, Oct 12, 2013: White Mountain Blue Grass
Sun, Oct 13, 2013: White Mountain Blue Grass (also featuring our 12th Annual Antique Car Show)
Mon, Oct 14, 2013: Granite Grass

Storybook Hayrides

Sat, Oct 19, 2013: Chad Hollister
Sun, Oct 20, 2013: White Mountain Blue Grass (also featuring our 7th Annual Antique Tractor Plow Day)

Storybook Hayrides & Harvest Closer

Sat, Oct 26, 2013: Southern Rail (also featuring the 2nd Annual Apple Dash X-country race)
Sun, Oct 27, 2013: Granite Grass (also featuring the 5th Annual OrchardCross Bike Race)

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