Celebrating Our Community’s Legacy.
In 1830 Clark County’s first apple harvest occurred – one apple. Planted near Fort Vancouver in 1826, the Old Apple Tree is considered the oldest in the Northwest and the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. The annual Old Apple Tree Festival will take place this year on Saturday, October 1, 2011 between 11 am and 4 pm at Old Apple Tree Park (114 Columbia Way) by the Fort Vancouver Historic Site.
“Providing family fun, food and history of Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree, the festival celebrates our community’s legacy. Throughout the day Urban Forestry Commissioners give away cuttings from the Old Apple Tree; cuttings are limited and will be given out until they are gone. This is a free, family friendly event with activities for children, fruit tree pruning workshops, food, live music, apple cider pressing, tours of Fort Vancouver.”
This year the Urban Forestry Commission will also be hosting a Scarecrow Contest! This contest is free and open to everyone (individuals, families, groups, or businesses). Prizes will be awarded to the top three scarecrows, as judged by local celebrities and local leaders. The contest is limited to 20 entries, and the entry deadline is September 29.
Got apples? Bring a jug and your own apples picked from a tree to the Urban Abundance Cider Station and bring home a jug of fresh pressed cider.
“The Old Apple Tree is a tangible reminder of the power of trees to bridge generations and provide continuity between the past and the future. By planting trees today, we leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy. Trees greatly enhance our quality of life here in Vancouver by beautifying our neighborhoods and parks, cleaning the air and water, and providing numerous other environmental, social and economic benefits.”
For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival call 360-487-8308.