Applefest Wraps Up with Antique Car Show, Live Music, and More

| October 8, 2017

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Applefest’s three-day event ends on Sunday, October 8, with an antique car show, live music, food specials, and more.

More than 300 craft and food vendors, as well as live entertainment, will be at Applefest’s three-day event.

Events – Sunday, October 8, 2017

Franklin Elks – 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Elks Lodge located 13th & Buffalo. Open to the public. $8.00 per person/tickets available at the door. Benefits the Elks Home Service Nurses’ Program. For more info, call 814-432-8119.

Antique and Classic Car Cruise – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Liberty and 12th Streets. Sponsored by First United National Bank. 2017 Car Cruise Application

Praise in the Park – 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church and Christ United Methodist Church will join together to provide a morning of praise music – Bandstand

Arts/Crafts/Entertainment – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Farmer’s Market – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 12th Street

Max Schang – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in Bandstand Park

DeBence Antique Music World Tours (Guided tours) – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 1261 Liberty Street

Carolyn Longo – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Food Court

Mitch Littler – 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in the Food Court

Johnny Appleseed – Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Victorian Residential Architecture Walking Tours – 1:00 p.m., Meet at 12th & Elk Streets. Sponsored and led by Franklin Rotary Club.

Lawyers, Guns and Money, and the LGM Chorus – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Bandstand Park. Sponsored by Grand Sponsor – Clarion County Community Bank

Uncharted Course – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Food Court

Tiffany Window Tours – 2:00 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1145 Buffalo Street

Duck Race – 2:00 p.m., Easter Seals of Western Pennsylvania Duck Race in the fountain at Fountain Park. Prizes awarded.

Deanna Wolfgong – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Food Court

The weekend event began as a pie-eating contest in 1982 and has grown to one of rural Pennsylvania’s biggest events.

But its true roots were found in the fabled folk hero John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, who lived in the Franklin area from 1797 to 1804. Chapman planted apple trees throughout the area and across the Midwest.

According to its website,, more than 30 years ago, a newcomer to the Franklin area, Mrs. Lee Chapman, no relation to John Chapman, was impressed with the abundance of red apples that grew in the Franklin area and visited the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce office expressing “enchantment” with the area.

Coming from an arid region of South Africa, Chapman was especially impressed and thought the apples should be celebrated and would make a fabulous basis for an event that could help improve the spirits and instill some old-fashioned community pride in the residents who had been hard hit by an economic downturn.

Combining Mrs. Chapman’s suggestion with the area’s historical link to the fabled folk hero Johnny Appleseed, the idea for Applefest was born.

The Applefest Core Committee works for nearly a year planning the event and Baker-Lewis is proud to call it a “well-oiled machine.”

Something new for 2017 Applefest is a heavy equipment display at the corner at Liberty and 13th Street by Industrial Truck & Crane.

The typical craft and food vendors will be joined by commercial vendors set up along 12th Street.

Along with these vendors, Lewis said local retailers see a boom in business throughout the festival.


Golden Sponsors

Clarion County Community Bank
Edward Jones
The City of Franklin, Pa.
Forever Media

Major Sponsors

Barber’s Orchard
Caldwell Printing Services
Clarion University, Venango College
Community Ambulance Service
First National Bank
Franklin Industrial & Commercial Development Authority
Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union
FrenchCreek Production, Inc.
Gibbons Business Solutions
Honeywell Safety Products
Huff Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Jones Party Magic
Joy Global
King’s Landscaping
Lepley Bus Service
Liberty Electronics
Lowry Auto Body
Prime Fitness USA
Quality Inn & Conference Center
Shaw Industries, Inc.
Specialty Fabrication & Powder Coating
UPMC Health Plan
UPMC Northwest
Venango Steel, Inc.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Jesse G. Greer Post 1835
Welding Technologies


Atlantic Avenue Church
Barr’s Insurance
C&M Sales Co., Inc.
Central Electric Cooperative
Checker Safety Group – AlturnaMATS
Cranberry Township
Dale Woodard Gent Law Firm
Farmers National Bank of Emlenton
First United National Bank
Franklin Animal Clinic
Franklin Bronze Precision Components
Franklin Giant Eagle
Gilmore Audiology
Hartle Dental, LLC
Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Ligo Architects
Stephen C. Cenedella, MD
The Caring Place
Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home
Venango Oncology Hematology Association
Whalen Contracting Inc.
Wm Karns Plumbing & Heating


All Seasons Temporaries
Benjamin’s Restaurant
Buffalo Street Lanes
Callaghan’s Pharmacy
Constable Refuse Service
Council Woman Donna Fletcher
First Presbyterian Church – Franklin
Franklin Bronze Plaques
Franklin Eat’n Park
Franklin Gardeners Association
Franklin Insurance Agency and Notary
Franklin Masonic Lodge
Franklin Retail & Business Association
Franklin Rotary Club
Galaxy Federal Credit Union
Gardinier Funeral Home
Heath Oil, Inc.
Helen S. Cummings
Holtz Riverview Massage
Hope Pediatrics
Jim and Rachel Ashbaugh
Jones Hardwood, Inc.
Kelly’s Pools & Spas
Kirtland Cancer Foundation
Lake Tool, Inc.
Lighthouse Apartments LLC
M & D Paving & Sealcoating, Inc.
McCoy Equipment Sales, Inc.
McGill, Power, Bell & Associates
Oil Region Alliance
Primo Distributors, Inc.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
State Farm – Mike Dill
State Senator Scott Hutchinson
Venango County Historical Society

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