By: Avery Corkins
The 31st annual AppleFest in Weston, Missouri, will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday and is recognized as one of the best fall festivals in Missouri.
Emma Hopkins, a regular visitor of Weston, is always anticipating the festival because she feels it is a great way to kick off the fall season.
“I love the happiness it fills this town with,” Hopkins said. “People spend all day in this magical town and the smiles never leave their faces. This is also a great time to kick off the fall season and wear your cutest sweater and boots.”
On Saturday morning, guests will start lining Main Street with anticipation of the AppleFest parade beginning at 10 a.m. This parade represents the Weston community with a wide variety of classic cars, antique tractors, the school band, a local dance team, company floats, and of course the fire trucks.
Main Street will be filled with a broad range of 50 plus arts and craft vendors from around the area. There will be food trucks galore and all of the towns restaurants will be open as well. One AppleFest must have is the big white tent that sells the greatest homemade apple dumplings, apple fritters, and cookies with ice cream all made by a local Weston church.
Throughout the festival you will be able to see the mini-hay baler making hay bales for purchase, and you can even watch apple butter being made fresh over an open fire and then purchase a jar right on the spot. Another stop people love to visit is the apple press where kids and adults can press apples to make fresh apple cider.
Weston citizen Riley Watson highly enjoys this event and how inclusive it is of all ages.
“Having two kids and going to a festival can be a challenge sometimes,” Watson said. “But AppleFest keeps me coming back because of the broad range of options throughout the fest that my girls can participate in.”
There are many kid friendly stops through AppleFest so that the kids feel like the fest is catering to them as well.
If you do have kids, take them down into the Weston City Park right next to the fest and enjoy activities for kids such as face painting, pumpkin painting, pony rides, games or to just enjoy the playground.
All of the historic Main Street shops will be open to go in and check out as well. You can find antiques, art, locally roasted coffee beans, local beer, wine and spirits, fudge, candy, perfumery and boutiques filled with lovely gifts for all. If you leave the festival, there are two local orchards filled with family fun and apple picking, brewery tours, distillery tours, wine tastings, a beautiful state park and even a sheep creamery that makes their own cheese and ice cream.
Erica Mair, a tour guide at the Holladay Distillery, loves AppleFest and the crowds that come in from all over the midwest.
“AppleFest weekend is always very fast paced and busy for us out at the distillery,” Mair said. “The flow of people seems to be nonstop but that is what we want. We are a couple of miles outside of the fest but people seem to never miss us on their way through Weston.”
Get out for the weekend, make memories with your friends and family and support small businesses while you’re at it. What a great way to kick off this fall season.
Parking for this event will be your choice. Keep in mind, this is a historic town and the streets are small so therefore parking is limited. Roads will be closed around the fest but there is satellite parking offered at Snow Creek Ski Area, and the Iatan Power Plant/KCPL Ball Field. This is free parking and shuttles will bring people right into the heart of the fest and back to the lots all day.