Four Turners

Courtesy photo Come to the Turner Farm and celebrate Applefest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., this Saturday. Tour the house, barn, garage, homestead cabin and mother-in-law house.  Try apple pie from the Turner Farm trees, wealthy and transparent apples. This Buena Vista Heritage photo was taken a number of years ago of four siblings from the Turner family. They are now all deceased.  From left, Doris, Virginia, Bonny and Al.

Applefest returns to Turner Farm on West Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features music all day, an apple pie contest, activities for kids and adults, lunch and a Victorian dress show.

Musicians performing will include Randy and Carole Barnes, Tim Burt, Gene Farrar, Ken Lant and Mountain Mantra.

Pie contest categories will include include best tasting, best crust and best looking. Entries must be submitted by 10:15 a.m.

History-inspired fun will abound in all manner of old-timey activities. Kids can have fun and maybe build some character too churning butter and cleaning linens on a washboard. Heavier on the fun and lighter on the character-building, perhaps, will be pony rides, crafts and croquet.

More adult activities include the two-man log saw and the game of horseshoes.

Local historian Suzy Kelly said the festival is entering into its third decade. Buena Vista Heritage bought the Turner farm house and the two acres it sits on in 1998. Applefest started not long after.

“The house was built in about 1910 and they were the ones who planted the apple trees,” said Kelly.

The variety primarily grown at the site are called Wealthy apple trees, known for their high altitude and harsh climate tolerance. Kelly said their fruits will keep till Christmas in a cellar or refrigerator.

A moment of silence will be observed for the victims of the attacks in New York on Sep. 11, 2001. Apple pies will be sold as a fundraiser for Buena Vista Heritage.

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