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September 5, 2017 > Apple Festival a delicious event

Apple Festival a delicious event

By Victor Carvellas

The East BayÕs farming and pioneer past comes alive once more at the 29th Annual Garin Apple Festival. The event celebrates not only our areaÕs rich agricultural heritage but also a unique legacy. In 1985, Emile Lindquist, a local horticulturalist, donated his collection of hand-raised apple trees to EBRPDÕs Garin site. Since then, volunteers have expanded on LindquistÕs original contribution until there are now more than 180 apple varieties on site.

There will be live music, 4H exhibits, dancing, ice-cream making and tasting, as well as crafts for kids and old-fashioned games for the grown-ups, including sack-racing and egg-on-the-spoon races. Best of all, visitors can taste between 10 and 15 varieties of currently ripe apples.

If you donÕt get your apple cravings satisfied at the Festival, keep a lookout for the return of a tradition, suspended in recent years due to the drought. ÒIn the past,Ó says EBPRD naturalist Kristina Parkison, Òabout two weeks after the Apple Fest, people could visit our public apple-picking. ItÕs the only time of the year the orchards are open to the public. For a small fee, you can come out and fill up a bucket with apples.Ó ThereÕs a good chance the apple picking is coming back this year. For information call Garin Park at (888) 327-2757, option 3, extension 4530.


Apple Festival
Saturday, Sep 9
Noon Ð 4 p.m.
Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks
Garin Barn Visitor Center.
1320 Garin Ave, Hayward
http://www.ebparks.org/features/Garin-Apple-Festival-2017
Free entry. Parking $5

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