Apple Fest turns 25

Fundraising event will take place Oct. 11 in Washougal

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Riverside Christian School will celebrate 25 years of apples on Sunday, Oct. 11.

That’s when the annual Apple Festival will reach the quarter century mark.

It began as a small fundraiser for the school, and has grown into a large event, complete with games, pony rides, a cake walk, confetti eggs, a pie eating contest and bunnies for sale. Fresh apples can be purchased by the pound.

Thirty different vendors will be on site selling everything from locally made arts and crafts to vegetarian burgers, nachos, apple pie and fresh apple dumplings with ice cream. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, on its campus at 463 N. Shepherd Rd. in Washougal.

Some of the non-food vendors include Petala Flower Farm and the Soap Chest. In addition to apple inspired treats and baked goods, food vendors include Mario’s Salsa, My Dad’s Kettle Korn and Sweet Fire Barbecue.

The Apple Festival started with a few bins of apples for sale and a cider making machine. Slowly, it expanded to homemade pies and dumplings.

“Now, the festival has more than 1,000 people of all ages and interests coming to enjoy the day,” said Julie Natiuk, marketing coordinator.

“The Apple Festival is the primary fundraiser for Riverside Christian School.

“Profits go towards new school equipment, technology and programs to enrich student learning. Every student will benefit by the upgrades.”

Parking is available in the school parking lot, down the street, and with shuttle service to and from the former site of Riverside Bowl at Northeast Shepherd Road and Third Avenue.

“It’s a family friendly event and we love connecting with our community,” Natiuk said.

For more information about Riverside Christian School or the Apple Festival, visit www.riversidesch.com or call 835-5600.

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