Applejack Festival in Nebraska City; Celebration of Heartland Harvest
From September 19th to the 21st, in Nebraska City, the ever-historic Applejack Festival is taking place, and will draw over 60,000 people to this picturesque Midwestern town. Donuts, pie, cider, candy apples, fritters, salad, and many other scrumptious treats can be found at this premiere heartland taster’s paradise. This is as traditional and hearty an event as could be; a classic car show, carnival rides for the whole family, and proud Midwestern sponsors. While you are here, there are tons of other things to do in Nebraska City! The Finders Keepers Antique Mall, Table Creek Golf Course, Museum of Firefighting, Steamboat Trace Bike Trail, and the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard just to name a few. On Friday when the festival kicks off, there are Applejack Savings at Pendleton Outlet, free Bank Tours at Farmer’s Bank, and a large giveaway/sale event at Warehouse Antiques @609.
At 5pm, Bethel United Church will have the annual Heritage Needlework Guild’s Quilt and Needlework show, an event full of tradition and great conversation. At the same time on 6th street, the Apple Jam Carnival opens, full of rides and open till midnight. At 9 that night, Back Forty will take the stage in the Sunken Parking Lot between 7th and 8th street, for everyone in the mood to rev up the beginning of the weekend with some energetic live music. The first night of three can sometimes be the time you want to come with the whole family, to kick off the extravaganza when spirits are high and the community is alive with the fruits of harvest. The next morning after the large celebration from 7 until 10am, the fire station is hosting the Applejack Pancake Feed with the Nebraska icon Pancake Man. Just an hour later at Steinhart Park, the Applejack 5 mile Fun Run takes place, an event to get the heart rate up and stay lean and mean for the fall season. Another great attraction, the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, is having quite an event as well; wine tastings, hayrack rides, Apple doughnuts, all sorts of children’s activities, and pick it yourself apple fun.
For some this is their favorite highlight of the weekend; a sprawling and beautiful location that really rings in the harvest with the most traditional of all happenings. The variety here is diverse: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Jonagold, are all pre picked. While you’re there, you can explore the cool atmosphere that you can come back to in October for the Pumpkin Festival, another fun filled festival for their favorite time of year. Saturday morning also has the Pumpkin Ridge Craft Fair, and at Nebraska City Middle School, The Nebraska City Jaycees have a creation and craft fair. Finder’s Keepers Antique Mall has food, face painting, Crafts, and Antiques; The Applejack Art Show is also going on at Arbor Lodge, a perfect time to take in some area talent and creative brush strokes. The long awaited parade is at 1pm on Saturday downtown, with the theme “Red to the Core”. The Classic Car Show is on Sunday, as the much anticipated festival winds down to a close. Hope to see you there this year, In Nebraska City’s golden and delicious landscape.