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An Apple-Oktoberfest All in One: The Cambridge Valley Apple Festival

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Cambridge Valley Apple FestivalBetter than picking an apple, tastier than eating an apple pie or baking an apple cake—it’s the Cambridge Valley Apple Festival. This year’s festive fest will be held on October 2nd at Railroad Park in Cambridge, NY, which also happens to be the birthplace of the Apple Pie a la Mode. Apropos? Why, yes.

The event, which is organized by the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce, will include a host of children activities, such as jumping in a bounce house, playing laser tag, and painting pumpkins or stamping apples. At 11am, the festival sets loose with a dancing demonstration by the Hill Country Cloggers.

If you’re unsure of exactly what clogging is, the dance hails from the Appalachian mountains, and infuses a variety of styles and dances, including Irish jigs, English country dances, German dances, and aspects of Cherokee Indian and African American dances, along with Appalachian flat footing and syncopation. Clogging is mostly done to bluegrass, but also has been known to be danced to rock and pop, country western, oldies, rap, Irish and even Christian—basically anything you can clog a beat to. The Hill Country Cloggers formed in 1988, and in addition to performing, they also teach clogging in Hoosick Falls and Brunswick. Members of the group range in age from five to 90.

Fancy yourself an amateur baker ready for top chef status? There will also be an Apple Pie Bake-off contest, with contestants vying for a spot on the Cambridge Hotel’s autumn menu. Attendees will play judge, voting for their favorite; for a mere $5, you can taste as many pies as you want. The pubic judging happens from 11am to 2pm, with the final awards announced at 5pm.

Hungry for bragging rights over your friends and family? There’s a contest for this as well: the Apple Pie Eating Contest. Be prepared, however, to come on an empty stomach (you’ll be eating a whole pie and then some), but in addition, this is a hands-free, aka messy, event. The first person to finish a whole pie with ice cream wins.

Battenkill Books will also be hosting a sidewalk sale throughout the day, and the Cambridge Hotel will be sponsoring an Oktoberfest Tent. More contests will take place, including a beer judging contest, where the winning beer will be put on tap at the hotel for the fall season. And those 21 years and older can partake in the Drunken “Pie” Walk Relay and Race across Railroad Park carrying a pie and a mug of beer. The first team back with their pie and beer intact wins.

Rounding out the festival is the band Full Tilt, which performs at 7pm, closing out Cambridge’s annual autumn celebration.

Stewart’s Shops, Inc donated all the milk and ice cream used at the festival, with Penny’s Orchard in White Creek donating the apples and Stannard Farms the pumpkins.

For more information, visit or call 518-677-5626.

–Eric Rushia is an Assistant Editor of The Free George.

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