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Sedgwick
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 18, 2012
Applefest celebrates apples for eating, drinking, playing and art

"What’s your favorite apple?" stand

Kindergarten teacher Vanessa Grindle poses with Riley Patten, 5, in front of the “What’s your favorite apple?” stand. Students tasted several apple varieties and voted for their favorite as part of several events held on Saturday, October 13, at the annual Applefest.

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by Jessica Brophy

Fall means apples, and what’s not to celebrate about this New England food staple?

On Saturday, October 13, students and families gathered at the Sedgwick Elementary School for the school’s annual Applefest.

Bright skies, cool weather and a breeze kept most bundled up, but still able to enjoy many of the activities. These activities included sampling apple chips, apple sauce and warmed apple cider; pressing fresh apple cider; crafting with apples—such as using a painted half-apple to press circles and shapes onto canvas tote bags.

Children also made their own apple turnovers, baked inside the school in batches. Samantha Simmons, 10, spent several minutes rolling out her dough before filling it with apple mixture.

“I like this,” said Simmons. “I enjoy rolling the dough out.”

Students also played on the playground, coming together for activities like an “Apple Relay,” which had students “speed walk” a course while balancing an apple on a spoon. Students who dropped apples would have to spin around in place five times before continuing.

Upcoming events at the Sedgwick Elementary School include a “Mad Scientist Halloween” evening on Friday, October 26, as well as the school’s traditional “literary parade” in school on October 31.

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb, 8, concentrates as she balances an apple on a spoon as part of the “Apple Relay.”

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Samantha Simmons

Samantha Simmons, age 10, rolls out dough to make an apple turnover.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Crowds at the annual Applefest

On Saturday, October 13, students and families gathered at the Sedgwick Elementary School for the annual Applefest.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Sedgwick Elementary student Lily Allen

Sedgwick Elementary student Lily Allen concentrates as she balances an apple on a spoon as part of the “Apple Relay,” one of many events held at Applefest.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Seven-year-old Ira Buchholz

Seven-year-old Ira Buchholz decorates a tote bag with a painted apple half with the help of his mother, Michele Gower.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Dalton Hamilton and Daniel Gray

Dalton Hamilton, left, and Daniel Gray turn the lever on the cider press.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
"What’s your favorite apple?" stand

Kindergarten teacher Vanessa Grindle poses with Riley Patten, 5, in front of the “What’s your favorite apple?” stand. Students tasted several apple varieties and voted for their favorite as part of several events held on Saturday, October 13, at the annual Applefest.

Photo by Jessica Brophy