Since 1975, the Rotary Club of Winchester has served as host to the Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival. With net proceeds going to local non-profits, the Rotary and the Festival have raised over $1 million in the last 45 years. Local organizations that benefit from the Festival include Winchester Rescue Mission, the Laurel Center, Fremont Street Nursery and Winchester Day Preschool.
What’s in Store at SV Apple Harvest Festival
This year’s festival operates on 60 acres at Frederick County Fairgrounds and 90% of the Festival’s activities are outdoors. The are two open air buildings for artisans and vendors. The Rotary encourages social distancing , so BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) for the musical acts. Masks are recommended but not required. Sanitizing stations are provided throughout the festival grounds.
The $10 admission to the Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival includes free inflatables for the kids, live music, an apple pie eating contest (sponsored by West Oaks Farm Market), artisans and vendors, and a classic car/hot rod show! $1 off admission coupons are available at all area Handy Mart stores. Children 10 and under are free as well as law enforcement and military personnel.
Those over 21 can enjoy local hard ciders and craft beers in the “tap & cork” area near the musical entertainment. Food concessions, apples, apple butter, and Rinker’s Cider will also be available for purchase.