Three festivals to deliver fun next weekend

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Tecumseh’s 19th annual Appleumpkin Festival and Westfest, along with Kapnick Orchard’s 34th Apple Festival, will be taking place Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14.

Grey Fox Floral owner and long-time Appleumpkin organizer Jan Fox said she believes it’s the “something for everyone” nature of the festival that keeps people coming back.

“I think people find it to be a family-oriented event and there’s a little bit of something for everybody,” Fox said. “If they’re not into antiques, they may be into crafts, or they just like to see what the vendors have, or support the many nonprofits that line N. Ottawa Street.”

Another big draw is that Appleumpkin is free, as is Kapnick Orchard’s Apple Festival.

At least 120 vendors have signed up for this year’s Appleumpkin, and the festival will be utilizing space at the Tecumseh Public Schools Board Office lawn to accommodate the increase.

Parking is also free, and this year, vehicles may be left at the Tecumseh High School parking lot. Shuttles, provided by First Student Transportation, will operate to and from the Westfest and downtown every 15 or 20 minutes.

Fox said the city also typically sees a number of visitors from out of town.
“Probably one of the biggest compliments we get is when vendors encourage other vendors to come, saying, ‘You need to be at the Appleumpkin Festival,’” she said. “That’s very exciting.” She’s also learned that there will be a tour bus coming from as far away as Marquette this year.

Downtown features include: antiques street fair and flea market, an arts and crafts show, make-it-take-it scarecrow tents, and carnival rides, among other activities. Live entertainment will take place at N. Pearl Street and S. Evans Street stages, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Other features include a Back Alley Beer Tent, a Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, and a Haunted House at the Board Office, to name a few.

Westfest activities include an Antique Tractor and Engine Show both Saturday and Sunday in the Shopko parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; a Chili Cook-off in the Embers Bar and Grill lot from noon to 3 p.m., with proceeds going to the Hospice of Lenawee’s new Hospice house; and a Waterball Tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday, featuring area fire departments.

The Apple Festival at Kapnick Orchards will include entertainment by Becca Nowak, the Madison High School Choir, Charles Elliott, Sir Pickles the Clown, Cat Canyon, No Excuses, and magic by Jeff Wawrzaszek. In addition to vendors, visitors may pick their own pumpkins, watch apple butter being made, visit farm animals or take a wagon ride through the orchard and Halloween Woods. Parking donations at the Orchard are requested at $2 with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Lenawee County Relay.

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