Apple 'n Cheese Festival wraps up
The smell of apples filled the air Sunday at the Manley-Bohlayer Farm in East Canton, even as farm visitors ate the remaining stock of apple products for sale.
Local organizations selling fruit pies at the 24th annual Pennsylvania Apple 'n Cheese Festival reported low inventory as the festival concluded its weekend run.
Members of the East Canton Church's Apple Dumpling Gang furiously scooped vanilla ice cream on top of the remaining dumplings as customers lined up around noontime to claim the rest of the desserts. Church members gave a last call for the few dumplings left at about 12:30 p.m.
Guests at the festival's second day flocked to food and craft vendors and enjoyed activities and demonstrations around the farm's grounds.
In the farmhouse, attendees enjoyed the festival's annual fine art and photography show. This year, the show had 187 total entries - 89 fine art pieces and 98 photography entries.
Anyone of any age or skill level is welcome to enter their art for the show, said Marcie Shinn, the show's co-chair. Entries are judged on emotional impact, composition, presentation and creativity.
Shinn reported that this year's fine art judge, Paul Bozzo of Mansfield, told officials he had never seen such quality in an unjuried show. "We have a beautiful show," she said.
Spectators agreed, having cast over 4,000 votes for six "people's choice" awards on Saturday alone, Shinn said.
Committee members said the people's choice vote provides the opportunity for artists to win who may not have taken an award home from the judge. The winner of the popular vote often isn't one the judge selects, Shinn said.
Prizes included $100 for each first-place entry in adult fine art and photography, furnished by Penelec; two $50 "people's choice" prizes, provided by Citizens and Northern Bank in Ralston; $25 for each children's and teen "people's choice" award, provided by Chemung Canal Trust Company; and festival apparel for honorable mentions, donated by Thompson's Sports and Apparel in Canton.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.