FRUITFUL FESTIVITIES: JULIAN TO HOLD APPLE DAYS FESTIVAL SEPT. 26-27

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By Elizabeth Alper

September 9, 2015 (Julian) – Like apples?  Julian is hosting its Apple Days Festival as part of its Apple Days Celebration.  The festival will span two days, September 26 and 27, and will be held at the Menghini Winery (http://www.menghiniwinery.com/).

Activities at the event will include apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and apple pie from the Julian Pie Company. 

On both days, the event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.  Mr. and Mrs. Apple Days will be crowned on Saturday.    

As an incentive, the first 250 people through the gate will get a free pie server, providing that they have paid admission.

The festival dates back to October 1909, when the town of Julian wanted to celebrate winning the Wilder Medal, the highest honor given by the American Pomological Society, the oldest fruit organization in North America.  Initial attendance was anywhere from 200 to 2,000 people.  Over the years, the festival would attract up to 45,000 people.  Last year, the festival garnered 3,000 people.

There will be free parking at the winery.  For more information, go to http://www.julianca.com/apple-days.html.