Come celebrate an important piece of Clark County history at the Annual Old Apple Tree Festival on Saturday, October 7th.
Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, the Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit.
There will be something for all ages from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Old Apple Tree Park ( 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the Interstate 5 Bridge within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site).
At this free event there will be live music, crafts for the kiddos, food for purchase from local vendors and of course the ever popular apple pressing. Just bring along some clean apples and containers to get some of the apple cider goodness.
If you want to take a bit of history home with you…get there early. The City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission will be giving away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree.
New on tap this year is a hard cider garden hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington.
Four cideries will be on site pouring their tasty adult beverages and sharing a bit about what they do. So if you are 21+ be sure to grab a glass to do some tasting or buy an Old Apple Tree commemorative growler to fill up for home.