“I was one of six kids and the farm was our playground growing up. Typical farm life,” George chuckles. “The comforting memories of playing with the animals and helping dad pick strawberries and apples at a young age are what drew me back to the orchard.”
Shortly after George partnered with his father at the orchard, he, his wife, and his youngest sister came up with the idea to invite their neighbors and customers to enjoy festivities at the farm as a way to say thank you. Applefest’s first year, in 1984, drew a few hundred local friends and neighbors to the farm. Now, you’ll find upwards of a few thousand friends and visitors from around the state.