Ringgold celebrates apple season with first-time harvest event
RINGGOLD — Summer strawberry festivals at the Ringgold Ruritan are a local tradition for many people. The community uses locally grown berries, area residents pitch in for the baking, and people come from near and far to indulge in the goodies.
Why not then set up a fall festival with similar apple delights and give that a whirl?, thought Ruritan members. The results of such thoughts will be available to see, smell and taste from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Ringgold Ruritan Apple Harvest Festival.
“Our summer strawberry festivals have been very successful. They are a good fundraiser for us, so we thought we would try and have an apple (festival) since we are sitting here in the middle of all the orchards, and see how that went over as well,” Kelli Kittel said.
Kittel, a Smithsburg resident and Ringgold Ruritan member, said the event will be modeled after the summer version. It will be a celebration of local resources, she said, with two-crust apple pie, apple crumb pie, apple bread, apple dumplings, and apple strudel ice cream for sale. Pies and dumplings will be baked by Keystone Family Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pa., and ice cream will be from Misty Meadow Farm Creamery in Smithsburg.
“All their ice cream is locally made fresh, right there at the creamery from their cows,” Kittel said. “We will have bags of apples as well as cider from Ivy Hill Farm.”
In addition to apple treats, the Ruritan Club will sell lunch items made on site including homemade soups, sandwiches, steamers and hotdogs.
There will be vendors selling Tupperware, knitted and crocheted items, honey-based merchandise, bat houses and more. Vendors have donated items that will be given away to attendees as door prizes.
“We are not really sure what to expect for attendance overall, as it’s a first-time event,” Kittel said. “As long as we get some attendance, we will be happy to pull people in, and hopefully it will continue to grow in future years.”
A number of Ringgold Ruritan Strawberry Festival regulars are likely to attend the Apple Harvest Festival, she said.
“We have a lot of the same people who look for our events, the same people who tend to come out and support us. A lot of groups come together to sit and socialize, to enjoy some time together at the building while eating good treats. It definitely has a small-town community feel to it,” Kittel said.
Proceeds from the festival will be used for building renovations, and for Ruritan projects such as community outreach projects and annual scholarships for local students.