St. George Applefest celebrating bumper crop

Kara Pate is excited to share this year’s apple crop with the community she loves.

“It’s a great crop this year,” the farmer at Brantwood Farms said. “It’s been an awesome year and we always love coming to Applefest to share that.”

Brantview Farms and Brantwood Farms supplied hundreds of people with their apple fix on Saturday and Sunday at St. George Applefest in downtown St. George along with more than 130 vendors.

After more than 20 years celebrating apples in the community the festival has become a tradition for families like San Pawar’s.

“We come every year, the kids love it. There are great activities for the kids and [Rhea] loves the music,” he said.

Jean Tucker, the festival coordinator said she’s always excited to help bring the community alive and see the smiles on people’s faces during Applefest.

“It’s a great year,” she said. “We have had some new volunteers join the board and they’ve brought a lot of new ideas to the table. We keep evolving and we love the support from the community.”

This year the festival helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a parade on Sunday from the firehall to the Cenotaph on Main St. where a ceremony was held.

“There’s always something new and this year we’re excited to offer a great variety. There’s something for everyone,” she said.

Jeff court said he and his wife Debbie try to come every year because they like the pastries and the vendors.

“It’s a great day,” he said. “We really enjoy it.”

Jen Howell from Brantview Farms said it’s nice to get out and meet the community to celebrate what they love to do.

“It’s great to see people in the community who come every year and it’s great to see new faces,” she said.

Both farms have banner crops this year with only about 30 per cent losses, which Howell said is a good statistic for farmers, after years of crops suffering major losses due to frost and hail.

Pate said their most popular eating apple is the honeycrisp, but another fall favourite, ambrosia, will be ready to pick in early October.

The festival is always looking for volunteers to help organize and run the festival. For more information email Tucker at

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