The 15th annual Cooperstown Rotary Club AppleFest this Saturday and Sunday is expected to attract more than 4,000 people during New York’s peak apple harvest time, according to a release from the club.

The fest is a fun, fall celebration including family fun, gourmet apple pies, fresh apples, cider, antique tractors, and the lively music of some of the area’s finest musicians, all held on the grounds of the Fly Creek Cider Mill, the release stated. AppleFest will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 and children under 12 are free.

Rotary will distribute every dollar raised at Applefest  to local charities. In 2010,AppleFest raised more than  $18,000, and the eventorganizers hope to exceed that goal this year. Money raised in 2010 was distributed to many local charities and community service organizations and projects to assist at a time when organizations are feeling the effects of a struggling economy, according to the release. Many area businesses have stepped up with donations, all of which support important charities throughout the county.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill has a turn of the century waterpower cider mill, which is a fascinating family attraction.

The cider mill is supporting AppleFest to the tune of several thousand dollars by contributing the use of its facility as well as by donating cider and contributing toward event promotions, the release stated. More than a dozen unique, tractors will be on display.

There will be a complete line-up of live musical entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday. Fun awaits the children with bouncy houses and a kids games corner. In addition, a raffle and silent auction will be held with many prizes donated by local businesses.

New this year, is an apple baking contest to be held from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Categories will be: “Yummiest”, “Most apple-ing (visual)” and “Best Use of the Apple (most original).” Awards and ribbons will be presented.

Also new this year is a literacy drive to be held under the storytelling tent at Applefest. All children attending will receive a free book.

 Returning events on both days will be the ever-popular children’s games: “Pumpkin Painting” and “Build your Own Scarecrows.”

A scarecrow contest has been added to the schedule on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Awards and ribbons will be given.

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