Apple Fest delivers old-fashioned fun |

Apple Fest delivers old-fashioned fun

Kevnick PhotographyMaking butter.

For an old-fashioned good time, you can’t do better than the Apple Fest, held annually on the second Saturday in September at historic Turner Farm, 829 W. Main, in Buena Vista, Colo. Buena Vista Heritage sponsors the event; free-will donations are accepted at the entrance to the farm.

The festivities include picking and pressing apples, croquet, horseshoes, a cake walk, embroidery and sewing demonstrations, butter making, log sawing, children’s activities, wagon or pony rides and tours of the farm. Following the opening flag ceremony by American Legion Post 55, entertainment is provided by local acoustic musicians on the front porch of the farmhouse.

Area residents are encouraged to enter the apple pie contest, and slices of pie are available for sale to the public, as well as barbecue sandwiches and drinks. The Turner Farm gift shop offers handmade goods and apple-themed merchandise.

An historic cemetery tour follows the Apple Fest at 3:00 p.m., at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Rodeo Road. These tours, in which residents of the town’s past reappear to tell their stories, have been popular with locals and tourists alike this summer. An admission is charged at the gate to benefit Buena Vista Heritage.

This event gives attendees an opportunity to remember a time when life was gentler and the entertainments simpler. Buena Vista Heritage, a nonprofit organization founded in 1974, acquired the Turner Farm in February 1997. The property was homesteaded in 1898 and includes a 1912 farmhouse, an apple orchard and several outbuildings. Restoration of the property is in its final phase and has involved several hundred hours of volunteer labor, as well as private donations and grants from the State Historical Fund. The organization owns four other historic properties

in various stages of restoration

and operation.

For more information, please contact Buena Vista Heritage at (719) 395-8458 or visit


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