Pippinfest 2015 arrives in Fairfield, PA this weekend. Enjoy two days of food, fun, crafts, and entertainment starting Saturday, Sept. 26 and continuing on through Sunday, Sept. 27.
Made possible by the Borough of Fairfield along with the Pippinfest Committee, Pippinfest is a longstanding tradition in the community, always held the last full weekend in September every year. It all started back in 1980 when the [then] owner of the Fairfield Inn devised a plan to hold an event to bring together local organizations, businesses, clubs, and individuals in a celebration of history and heritage. The name “pippin” comes from earliest known apple tree that was brought over from England and cultivated in the colonies. Since Fairfield was settled in part by English immigrants, a pippin tree was planted onsite of the Fairfield Inn back in 1982 with an honorary ceremony and is still in bloom every year. Pippinfest is always held in rain or shine, and this year signifies the event’s 35th year as an annual mainstay.
This popular “apple festival” will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, with a special community yard sale taking place beginning as early as 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. A number of food and crafts vendors will line up along Main Street, and Phantom Shadow Entertainment is providing inflatable rides and attractions. There will also be games, a petting zoo, obstacle course, and other activities. Guests are welcome to take a guided tour, with maps and information brochures available at the Information Booth at the Village Hall. Also at Village Hall there will be a quilt show and demonstration, taking place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., organized by “Stitch ‘N Peace.”
When events on Saturday conclude at 4 p.m., there will be an after-event held. at the Fairfield Fire Hall. The after event is corn bingo, featuring 51 games of chance in which corn kernels are used as card chips. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with games starting at 6 p.m. Stop in and enjoy the games along with a host of concessions including barbeque, hot dogs, country ham, chicken corn soup, desserts, and more. The fee for corn bingo is $25 a player, with kids 12 and under paying $10. For more information on corn bingo, click here.
On Sunday, Pippinfest will feature professional artists and craft exhibitors including a fantastic display of Pippinfest Pottery. Be sure to also check out the Cruise-In Car Show and Swap Meet, running all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and featuring antique autos, hot rods, vintage race cars, muscle cars, rat rods, street rods, motorcycles, trucks scooters, and even trikes. There is no entry fee for the Auto Show, but donations are always welcome.
An elaborate entertainment schedule will make up the day at four different locations. Come out and listen to the sounds of Crystal Groves, Generations, the Defendants, and more at Jarrell’s Yard. Local entertainment will be happening at the Fire Hall with the Fairfield High School Jazz Band, the Fairfield High School Show Choir, and the Gettysburg Dance Studio. There will also be a Kid’s Area located on the Grassy Area next to the Fire Hall. Located at Metz’s Hardware parking lot, you can find a Community Hymn Sing Sunday morning (open for all to attend), Rich Fehle, and Austin Poulson. Waterfield will be on the lawn in front of Village Hall. For details and times, click here.
Also be sure to check out, or participate in the apple dessert baking contest. For all information about this, visit the link here.
Many unique characters are expected to make their way out to Pippinfest. From stilt walkers, clowns, and character ambassadors like Polly Nator of Shady Rest Apiaries and Mr. Newt of Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, you’ll truly find a cast of a thousand. An Abe Lincoln character impersonator will be there too, paying tribute to the president while representing Honest Abe’s Root Beer Float Stand.
There is so much to enjoy at Pippinfest. To learn all about what is in store and how to get directions from your most convenient route, visit the website.