Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree is 190 years old, and you are invited to come celebrate at the annual Old Apple Tree Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Bring your own clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing, a popular feature of the community festival. Also on tap at the family-friendly free event this year will be live music, tours of the Land Bridge, arts and crafts for kids and tree care workshops. Food will be available for purchase. As always, the Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree.
Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest and is 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.
The event takes places 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. The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission, in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry, a Public Works Department program; Bartlett Tree Care; and the National Park Service.
For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival, Vancouver’s efforts to enhance our community’s trees and the benefits trees bring to residents and businesses, please call the City’s Urban Forestry office at 360-487-8308 or read about the Old Apple Tree Festival online.