Rain doesn't slow Apple Festival
The 43rd Annual Bloomfield Apple Festival is being termed a success, despite losing about seven hours Friday afternoon and evening to heavy, cold rain showers.
"Saturday was amazingly busy. Most of the vendors, while they were down just a touch because of Friday night that seven hours we lost of people on Friday evening in attendance," Bloomfield Apple Festival Committee chairperson Kris Jarman said. "Saturday it was packed all day long."
With about 115 vendors, there were plenty of things to choose from.
"We had quite the variety of food his year, which was excellent," Jarman stressed.
"It was a great crowd on Saturday with the entertainment. We had excellent entertainment on Saturday night and they really brought out the crowd."
Saturday night on the staged featured The Perkins Brothers Band, featuring Rock and Country and The Vallures, who rocked the party with Motown, R & B, and soul.
The Pet Parade on Saturday morning was a huge success this year with a new sponsor.
"We had Mr. Buck's Pet Food (as the sponsor). They just really did that up nicely," Jarman commented.
The 5-K run/walk was also a huge success with a record number of entries (170).
The car show, sponsored in conjunction with Classic Cruisers Car Club, was well attended with over 150 cars on the courthouse square and running south on Franklin St.
The festival ended up on Sunday afternoon with the Big Apple Parade.
"The parade was well attended and we had a lot of entrants," Jarman said.
Jarman said looking back it was a good weekend.
"It was a whirl-wind of a weekend. I think everything was over the top," Jarman said. "It's done. It's over. It's a whirl-wind and we'll start planning for next year here in about two weeks."
Jarman said the festival could not happen without the generous support of the sponsors, members of the community who attend each year and the volunteers who donate a countless number of hours.
"We want to thank all of those who volunteered. Those who did the shuttle driving for all of their help and assistance. We thank all of our sponsors. We would not be able to put this on without them. Their support for the entertainment is essential and helps us put on the festival. Because without them, we wouldn't be able to draw the people in for the vendors. So we really appreciate all of their support and the community was fantastic," Jarman added.