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girl "bobbing" for apples at applefest


Saturday, September 22
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of Fall in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill during our annual Applefest! Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter, take your turn cranking the cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters. Family fun also includes apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and assisting our historic interpreters as they plan for the winter ahead. Purchase apples and other goodies from Iowa Orchard in the Visitor Center. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Endorsing Sponsor: Rainbow Child Care Center

Contributing Sponsor: Jester Insurance

Event Partners: Iowa Orchard, The Outside Scoop, Machine Shed Restaurant


Apple Activities in 1875 Walnut Hill Town:

These activities are from 10am-3pm, unless otherwise noted.

  • Apple Bowling – Picnic Shelter
  • Cooking Demonstrations – Picnic Shelter
  • Free Samples!
    • Apple Fritters – Snack Shop
    • Apple Butter – Picnic Shelter
    • Apple Cider – Picnic Shelter
  • Bobbing for Apples – Behind Flynn Mansion

Snow White from Storybook Adventures – Picnic Shelter, 11am-2pm


Machine Shed Catered Lunch
Available for purchase from 11am-2:30pm at the Picnic Shelter. Cash only at Picnic Shelter. Credit cards accepted for lunch tickets at Admissions and Summer Kitchen Snack Shop.

Lunch $6.50 each – choice of Burger, Brat, Hot Dog, or Pulled Pork Sandwich, along with bag of chips, and soda or bottled water.


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Volunteer for Applefest

Volunteer to help us put on a great event on September 22! Positions open include: demonstrating how to make apple butter and apple cider – volunteers will be taught and must be 18 or over. We also need volunteers to help with bobbing for apples and an apple bowling activity for preschool children.

Sign up to volunteer for Applefest