Dover prepares to welcome thousands of apple enthusiasts
While relatively new to the area, Honey Crisps have become a fast favorite amidst area farmers. Area residents can look for them during the 29th annual Apple Harvest Day in downtown Dover Oct. 5. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
The 29th annual Apple Harvest Day is set for Oct. 5 throughout downtown. The 5th annual 5K road race is scheduled to begin the day — along River Street — at 8:30 a.m., while vendors and entertainment will take over from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The local merchants and downtown businesses thrive on it," Barufaldi said, adding it's a great event for families and people of all ages.
"I'm a big fan of cider," Barufaldi said, adding a lot of farms around the area press their own cider.
Others enjoy the annual apple pie competition in hopes of trying a slice of the winner's recipe or take a bite out of one of the many crisp apples offered downtown, according to Michael Mengers, community events manager at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.
Mengers said Apple Harvest Day and the annual Cocheco Arts and Seacoast Irish festivals — all of which occur around Henry Law Park — draw attention to the downtown area and inspire many people to return to Dover.
"We've always under-utilized that stage," Mengers said, adding local musician Martin England was tasked to organize acts to perform in the new venue.
"Just walking down the street, you can see 10 bands," Mengers said.
Other performances are set to occur at the Rotary Arts Pavilion, Songwriter Stage, Orchard Street Stage, Ross Furniture's North End Kids Stage on Third Street and the McConnell Center Arts Pavilion & Stage on Locust Street.
Mengers said it's easy to spend hours in the area — which is near the day's largest food court — since there will be about 25 inflatable activities, a roaming train, a traveling barnyard and pony rides. He added the pony and train rides cost $3 and a wristband costs $15 to access many of the inflatable games all day.