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Pippinfest promises something for everyone

Susan Prasse

(9/1) Huge crowds are expected once again as the 35th Annual Pippinfest gets underway. This year’s dates for the fun filled weekend are September 26 and 27 in Fairfield. The festival began over three decades ago and is organized by the Fairfield Borough Pippinfest Committee. Historically, the earliest apple tree brought from England and cultivated in the colonies was the Pippin apple tree, grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In 1982, at the 200th Anniversary of the Fairfield Inn, a Pippin apple tree was planted behind the inn - the tree still stands today, and bears fruit every fall.

Featured on Pippinfest Saturday will be over 30 local yard sales in and around Main St. with a wide variety of craft vendors from all over the region. The Fairfield Fire Hall is hosting an old fashioned "Corn Bingo" starting at 4:30pm – play 51 games for just $25! There will be "self-guided" walking tours with free brochures at the information booth in front of Fairfield Village Hall. Additionally, there will be a quilt show with demonstrations by Stitch ‘N Peace from 10-4pm.

Sunday is the big day at Pippinfest with entertainment from Crystal Groves, the Gettysburg Dance Troupe, Generations, and The Defendants. A favorite, the Fairfield High School Show Choir and Jazz Band will perform at the Fairfield Fire Hall. Fellowship Baptist Church is hosting a hymn sing in Metz's Hardware parking lot. Waterfield will also perform on the lawn in front of Village Hall. Children’s games and inflatable rides will be located on Steelman Street.

From 9-4pm, the "Cruise-In Car Show and Swap Meet" will be located beside Fairfield Fire Department. Antique autos, hot rods, vintage race and muscle cars, street rods, motorcycles and trucks will be on display for all to admire! There is no entry fee for the Auto Show - although donations will be accepted.

Take in a bit of local culture and visit the beautiful display of Pippinfest Pottery; enjoy a root beer float watching a Mr. Lincoln reenactor at Honest Abe's Root Beer Float stand, and don’t miss the apple dessert contest on Sunday. With over 100 craft and food vendors, no one will go home without having a treat! Linda Sites, volunteer and member of the Pippinfest Committee said "this committee has worked hard to make this year's festival bigger and better than ever. We look forward to seeing everyone at the festival."

For over three decades, Pippinfest, which literally means "apple festival" is still going strong. The festival has grown and offered attendees a memorable weekend full of fun and entertainment for all ages. Volunteers from the local community work year round to bring this amazing event to people near and far. From school and musical groups, to local charities, Boy Scouts, and church groups, Pippinfest, from its earliest days to the present, has been a town-wide celebration of community, the harvest, and tradition. For activity, event times and locations, visit

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