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.

Melody Kincer September 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Great pics Emily!
jessica spencer September 23, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I enjoyed my day here. Over priced.... the people that were in charge of the pony rides were very ignorant and got smart with my husband. Won't go back again!
jessica spencer September 23, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Waited an hour for face painting,30 mins for pony rides and 20 minutes for hay ride....most of the day was standing around!
Liz Shearer September 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Had a great day. Thanks for putting on a great event in our community. Staff were all friendly - great activities for little kids.
Rita Weber September 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM
my oldest and I stopped by while we waited for my younger girls to get done with skating ... we realized it was too big to do in such a short time so we are all going back today ... can't wait
LalainMaryland September 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Jessica spencer. It was free. Shut up and stay home. We don't want your one rotten apple to spoil the bunch.
Kerry from PH September 23, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I saw a bumblebee; the committee should have paid thousands of dollars for protective netting. The volunteers who spent many hours planning this event really should have done more for those of us who attended for free. Shame on them!!!!! We are entitled to more.
CarneyGirl September 23, 2012 at 06:16 PM
we had a wonderful time there this morning! my daughter got to see the animals and took a pony ride too. We ate some food and strolled around to see the various vendors! It was a great time!
Parkvillehoney September 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Had a great time with our family. Great family atmosphere! A little patience would be in order. Since this is the 1st big event a little planning by organizers would help. Selling ride tickets outside the produce sales area would be a start. Will be back again.
Cassandra Alt September 23, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Went wih the family today and had a really nice time. It was great to see the kids faces when they got to ride the hay ride and the Gator pull and the train. My daughter who is three hated the port a potty...but I was thrilled there were sinks to wash your hands. Cudos to the vollunteers that put their hard work and sweat into making this a success!
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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