Heritage Apple Festival joins Celebrate Molalla-full of people, vendors, fun

PIONEER PHOTO: CAROL ROSEN - Face painting was one of the popular activities at Celebrate Molalla on Saturday, Sept. 22.Sept. 22 dawned cloudy with intermittent rain and drizzle, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the crowds that attended Celebrate Molalla and the Heritage Apple Festival. They came in droves and stayed for the music, the corn hole tournament, the yummy food, the vendors, the pies and the exhibits. And they all seemed to be having a good time, no matter where they came from.

It was kind of odd to find people from as far away as Vancouver and as near as Mulino, some came from Milwaukee, others from Beaverton and of course there were lots of people from Molalla. One comment from nearly all of them was, "We're having a great time, and this is wonderful."

"There's lots of people here, I like it and I'm having fun, said Jan Goldsby from Molalla.

"I'm having a good time. I like community events and I think we need more of them. And, combining the Celebration with the Apple Fest is a really good idea," said Kevin Effinger.

PIONEER PHOTO: CAROL ROSEN - Attendees enjoy playing corn hole during the festivities Saturday.

Some kids were active at the free Make-it-and-Take-it kids' crafts, while others had their faces painted and still others played at the park. At the Dibble House kids watched Hendy Appleton turn sheep fleece into thread on a spinning wheel or card it with big combs. At the same time others watched Kathryn Henderson make baskets out of straw. But if you got to Apple Fest to buy a pie after 12:30 p.m., there were very few left—only one last apple with a gluten free crust.

PIONEER PHOTO: CAROL ROSEN - Kathryn Henderson works with straw at the Apple Festival.After the opening ceremony, Dan Zinder began playing music, followed by Joe Gibson and two hours later by Disc Jockey El Guero de Sabor and the Latino Folkloric Dancers. The Rae Gordon Band played from 4- 6 p.m. and the Timothy James Band entertained people from 6 p.m. to closing at 8.

There was a unique car show and the smell of caramel corn pervaded the entire area. But those hungrier could choose from pastries and lemonade from Sweet Thangs, pulled pork and brisket from Ebner's Custom Meats, Pip's Gourmet Dogs and mouth-watering Mexican foods from Lupita's Restaurant & Catering.

More than 80 vendors provided all kinds of goodies from beautiful glass Christmas ornaments at the Molalla Kiwanis booth to Stephanie Sperling's Magic Butter salve for arthritis that really works! Jennifer's Vintage offered unique items made using scrimshaw and Heather Hendrickson provided quilts from her shop in Stayton, OR. Speaking of quilting, Molalla's Senior Center was offering raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt that any bed would love.

"It's a great turnout and a good boost to Molalla's economy. Our business has been good," said Sperling who often visits Molalla where her mom and sister live.

The Chamber of Commerce booth was attracting people, even though the pop tent kept trying to blow away. Terry Shankle was receiving donations for Christmas banners and Danielle Redfield was signing up her dancers to street dance for the Chamber's Halloween event. The Warming Center also was receiving interest from potential volunteers.

Natalee Litchfield and Emily Mendoza were tabulating the many people who want to ban plastic bags. The group from Molalla River High School hopes to present a movie on the great garbage patch of the Pacific Ocean along with the Wall-E movie. Their current school leadership project is taking old t-shirts and sewing them into reusable bags for grocery shopping.

Most of those interviewed were having such a good time, they asked that it become an annual event.

Carol Rosen
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