WARWICK—The 27th annual harvest celebration of Warwick’s Applefest opened on Oct. 4 in bright autumn sunshine. The crowd grew early on with an estimated several thousand in every thoroughfare.
School buses had shuttle duty taking visitors from the local schools about a mile to downtown where hundreds of booths hawked their wares. The apple theme was in short supply as only a handful of growers sold fruit directly. Some food vendors sold baked apple goods and candied applies while most gave out sandwiches, popcorn, crab cakes, and other fair food.
Pie baking and pie eating contests benefitted a local food pantry. There were jewelry craft booths galore, as well as a variety of vendors selling treats for pets. A group of greyhounds calmly endured loving looks and petting from visitors at the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey tent. Some carried pouches that were quickly filled with donations.
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