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PHOTOS: Perry Hall Apple Festival Kicks Off Fall

Chapel Hill Farm & Nursery and the Perry Hall Improvement Association hosted the weekend event.

Russell Burk revved up his tractor, much to the delight of children riding in the trailer bed.

The owner of Chapel Hills Farm & Nursery completed several hayride runs Saturday morning and afternoon during Perry Hall's first-ever Apple Festival.

"With all the problems in the world, it helps to take a day on the farm," Burk said. "It's a good day."

Volunteers projected attendance of several hundred by the afternoon. The festival, sponsored by both Chapel Hills and the Perry Hall Improvement Association, continues Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

More than 40 craft vendors and food vendors participated. Contests, hayrides, children's activities and a live band were included. Admission was free.

The PHIA rebranded Chapel Hills' annual Fall Festival Days kick-off to include crafters, contests and apple-themed activities. Audrey Burn, a PHIA volunteer, drew the idea from the Apple Festival held in her hometown of New Cumberland, PA

Burn and volunteer Chris Defeo led the PHIA's portion of the event planning.

"We just wanted to bring people together, and have a community-based event," Burn said. "I think it turned out great."

County Councilman David Marks agreed: "It's a spectacular turnout. People like this place because it evokes a small town feel."

For Justin Fitch, the event was all about spending quality time with his daughters—which included a barbecue lunch and a tractor ride.

"It's a lot of fun, with a lot of options to keep us busy," Fitch said.

As the first day of the festival wrapped up, PHIA president Dennis M. Robinson, Jr. released the following statement:

"The first day of the Perry Hall Apple Festival was great! Who needs technology and gadgets when you can spend a good, old-fashioned, day on a farm with family, friends and neighbors? Events like this reinforce my belief that, despite changes over the years, Perry Hall can maintain a small-town feel and strong sense of community. Pride in Perry Hall was palpable today!"

Are you planning on attending? What are your favorite fall family activities? Tell us in the comments.

Gregg Roberts September 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I'll give credit where credit is due. This was done for profit. The ''town'' of Perry Hall doesn't really do anything so at least some overpriced, under impact events exist and that's actually for our standards, pretty nice. That might sound sarcastic but I am actually glad they exist. Not sarcastically -- if you volunteered you a sucker. You are helping people make money for free. As far as small town feel is concerned. Give me a break. If you think Perry Hall or this event makes for a small town feel, you have never been to a small town. That ended for Perry Hall some 40 years ago. Locals have no interest in such a thing. We all put up fences so we don't need to even know our neighbors name or what their face looks like and we don't respect traffic rules -- beeping horns and cursing at people as they legally cross crosswalks on BelAir road that don't have stoplights. We aren't a small town, we don't want to be one, we don't deserve to be one. But these little festivals are nice.
Gregg Roberts September 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM
p.s. comments about small town related to posts that must have been on a different article on Patch about this festival...
Bourne September 24, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Wow, I think that might the most backhanded compliment I have ever read. It should be noted that Chapel Hills holds most of the activities (hay rides, etc.) that require purchased tickets every weekend. Those tractors don't drive themselves and aren't self repairing so charging is fair. All the events just for the weekend (apple bobbing, sack races, pie eating, etc.) were free and/or not charged to participants. Instead of criticizing a great event that created so much fun for little kids why not focus your efforts on something more positive.
Parkvillehoney September 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I will take my granchildren to these events as long as they remain crime free and reasonably priced. It was great to see many families spending the day together without video games or in front of a TV. Thank you volunteers who manned the sack races, apple bobbing and pie eating contest. I also thank Chapel Hills Nursery for starting this family weekend event. It will be on my must stop trip list this fall and in the future.
Tim September 24, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I'll just say that if it weren't for volunteers, events wouldn't happen...and it's honeslty nice to have events that aren't hijacked and shipped to middle river/essex like some other 'Perry Hall' events, tbh.

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