34th annual Apple Harvest Festival coming this weekend

Tompkins Weekly Staff
ITHACA – Now that it’s officially fall, it is time to celebrate apples.
As has been tradition for the last 33 years, Ithaca’s downtown will be overrun with apple products, starting this Friday, September 30. The 34th annual Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival will run through the weekend on the Commons, ending Sunday, October 2.
More than 100 vendors will be on hand, selling unique apple varieties, hot apple cider donuts, kettle corn, local farm fresh baked goods and a multitude of around the world specialties. Local farmers will be on site to show off – and sell – the fruits of their labor, and wineries and cideries have regional beverages available for tasting and purchase.
Attendees also will be able to visit goats from Laughing Goat Fiber Farm, and learn how fiber is made; a craft show also will be taking place, with more than 60 different handcrafting artisans along Cayuga Street.
Performers taking the stage during the weekend include Punk Hands, Danza Romani, Vitamin L, Riley Owens, Sunny Weather, Eems, Alter, Wailin’ Brass Band, IC Voicestream, Ithacapella, Premium Blend, Sixteen Feathers, June w/ Chandani, Mary Lorson, Dapper Dan, Radio London and Mirage Belly Dancers.
For more information, visit www.downtownithaca.com.
Also taking place during the weekend is the 7th annual Little Apple Fall Follies, a production of the Rotary and Savage Clubs of Ithaca. The two-hour, family-friendly talent showcase will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium.
This year’s LAFF features the talents of Sally Ramirez & Doug Robinson, Beauty & The Beast Storytellers, the Cornell Glee Club’s Hangovers, the Armstrong School of Dance, Karen Wonder Dumont, The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, Lisa Frank, the Ithaca High School Men’s and Women’s Choirs and much more. Emcees for the show are Brett Bossard, executive director of Cinemapolis and Joey Steinhagen, artistic director of Running to Places. Plenty of free parking is available.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and are available online at www.savageclubofithaca.com, at Pastimes Antiques in the DeWitt Mall, from any Savage Club or Rotary Club member, and at the door the evening of the show. Proceeds from LAFF will support the community grant programs of the Ithaca Rotary Club and the Savage Club, as well as the programming of the Ithaca City School District Fine Arts Department.