NORTH READING — The annual Apple Festival, a fall staple in North Reading, returns this Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Putnam House grounds on Bow Street. The rain date is Sunday, September 24.
The Apple Festival is a fundraiser sponsored by the North Reading Historical and Antiquarian Society to help preserve and restore North Reading’s historic buildings. During this family-friendly festival visit the booths of a variety of local vendors and community groups, view works of local artists, sample great foods, enjoy games and pony rides for the kids, listen to great music, and experience wonderful local performances by dancers and martial artists.
The annual event will also include free tours of the historic buildings, including the namesake 1720 Rev. Daniel Putnam House, the Sgt. Flint House, and the one-room West Village School, where the original artwork donated by 16 local artists for the silent auction and raffle will be on display. Be sure to also check out the First Meeting House, the Farm Museum, and the Tin and Cobbler’s shop, all of which were restored by members of the North Reading Co. of Minit & Militia over many decades. Their most recent additions are the flagpole – restored from a section of the pole that originally stood atop the Town Common – and the Van Latham windmill, which is currently being rebuilt and restored. Stop by for a burger and chips cooked to order by the Minitmen and help support their preservation projects.
APPLE PIE CONTEST RULES
The Historical Society invites all bakers in town, young and old, to showcase their talents in the annual apple pie bake-off (See official rules below). Pie entries are compared for appearance, texture, and taste by a panel of judges in a blind taste test. Judging begins at 11 a.m. on Festival day.
Winners and runners up are announced at noon during the Apple Festival. They are presented with ribbons and awards (and bragging rights), and also get their photo taken for publication in the Transcript!
Immediately after winners and runners up are announced, the pies are sliced and available for a nominal fee, either plain or with a scoop of Richardson’s ice cream.
OFFICIAL CLASSIC APPLE PIE CONTEST RULES:
- Contest is open to North Reading residents only
- Youth entrants must be between 12-17
- Adult entrants must be at least 18 years of age
- Pies must be made from scratch
- Top and bottom crusts are required – no crumb crusts
- No nuts, raisins, cranberries, or other fruits are allowed
- Pies must be at room temperature
- Lattice pastry work, decorative cutouts, and decorations with food coloring and/or sugars are permitted
- Attach a 3” x 5” card to the bottom of the entry pie containing the entrant’s name, address, phone number, and age (adults only need to confirm that they are at least 18)
Deliver pies to the Rev. Daniel Putnam House (27 Bow Street) between 8 –10 a.m. on Festival day.
If using a non-disposable pie plate, make a notation on the 3” x 5” card that it is to be returned to you. Pie plates must be picked up by 3 p.m. on Festival day.
Please note that times and performers are subject to change
10:15AM: North Reading High School Band
10:45AM: NOTEorious a cappella
11:15AM: Senior Echoes
11:45AM: North Reading School of Ballet
12:50PM: Master Shin Martial Arts Institute
1:50PM: Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy.