WELLSBURG - The 35th annual Wellsburg Apple Festival will take place Oct. 4-6 at Town Square and Charles Street.
The festival was inspired by the Grimes Golden apple, a variety of apple discovered on the Grimes farm off W.Va. 27 in 1802. Seeds for the apple, which spawned the Golden Delicious variety, are believed to have been supplied by the legendary Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman.
Each year visitors to the festival find an assortment of apples served in many ways, including pies, fritters, apple butter, cider sold by the glass or gallon and in bags to go.
There also will be a selection of hot and cold food, as well as crafts and other items for sale along Charles Street.
The city's town square has served as the stage for many entertainers over the years. This year's lineup includes rock and country bands and dancers of all ages. One musician who will be featured throughout the festival is Red McWilliams, who plays Celtic and Scottish music. He also is expected to be available to play at schools prior the event.
The festival also offers various activities for children, including pony rides, a pumpkin-decorating contest and a pumpkin-carving contest.
The Apple for Everyone Contest, formerly known as the Apple Pie Bake-off, was expanded in recent years to include a variety of apple-related dishes. It includes three categories: Things made with dough, such as pies, cookies, dumplings, etc.; cakes; and miscellaneous, such as applesauce, apple butter, apple desserts, etc.
The Sunday before the festival, the queen and princess contest takes place.