23rd Annual Pennsylvania Apple 'n Cheese Festival to be held Oct. 6-7
The PA Apple 'n Cheese Festival will take place Oct. 6-7 at the Manley-Bohlayer Farm in East Canton. The festival will feature historical displays, demonstrations, juried craft vendors and 40 pallet-pleasing food vendors.
This annual event is organized and operated by a dedicated group of volunteers. Rekindle the Spirit, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, sponsors the festival. All proceeds benefit local charities and provide free and low cost programs for the surrounding community. In previous years, proceeds from the festival have gone to the Green Free Library, Bradford County Regional Arts Council, Canton Food Bank and many other local charities.
Free entertainment will be available througout the weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 6, Top Shelf will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the field stage and the River City Trio will perform in the front lawn of the house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. At 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Acoustic Pawn Shop will be performing on the field stage. Sunday, Oct. 7, Covert Action will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the field stage. Scott Smith will perform on the front lawn both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Also at the festival, Canton will receive a wonderful donation from the Slingerland family in Troy. The original water fountain that was in the Canton Town Square in 1893 has been on the Bob and Mildred Slingerland Family Century Farm along Route 14 south of Troy for many years. The fountain was probably removed from the town square around 1936 when the road was widened and paved for traffic.
The family's wish was that the fountain be returned to Canton to a location where the public will be able to view it and enjoy it. The fountain has been refurbished and placed in the front lawn of the Manley-Bohlayer House.
Rekindle the Spirit will be having a dedication of the fountain at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Members of the Slingerland family will be present for the dedication.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by and see the fountain while you are at the Apple 'n Cheese Festival or any time when passing by the Manley-Bohlayer farm.
Patty Cake the Clown will perform throughout the grounds all weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday the back lawn of the house will be the site for children's activities. These include pumpkin painting, the Ross Park Zoomobile and old fashioned games with JoAnn Dickerson. There will also be pony rides for a nominal fee.
Blacksmithing, broom-making, cider pressing and apple butter making demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend. Visitors can tour an authentic 1860 cider press, the East Canton Community Hall and the Hoagland one-room schoolhouse. The blacksmith will be demonstrating both days and also have items to sell. The fine art and photography show will be in the farm house. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the talents of our local artists.
The festival is held at the grounds of the historic Manley-Bohlayer Farm at 141 East Canton Cross Road, Canton, just three miles east of Canton, on Route 414. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 13-18 and free for children 12 and under. Parking is free and on site. Please, no pets or alcholic beverages on the festival field.
The festival committee would like to thank all of the volunteers who help to prepare the farm and buildings for the festival. To contact the committee please call (570) 673-7222, check the web page at paapplecheese.com, email at infopaapplecheese.com or follow the festival on Facebook.