tioga-apple-festival.jpgNewark Valley, N.Y. --Bring your family to Apple Festival for fun in the country! The 34th Annual Newark Valley Apple Festival will be October 5-6, from 10 AM- 5 PM each day. The Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum, 9241 State Route 38, is one mile north of Newark Valley, NY. You'll find "apple everything," music, kids' activities and "make & take," folk dancers, heirloom crafters, demonstrations of 1800's skills by costumed guild members, horse & wagon rides, cider pressing, animals, nature trails, and a well-stocked gift shop. Historic house tours are included. Enjoy the aroma of delicious barbecued pork, beef, and turkey; buttered  salt potatoes; vegetable soup; baked sweet potatoes with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon; apple desserts; and cider. Buy some cider and apples by the bag or bushel at the produce tent. Admire the pumpkins grown by local children, contest judging at 3 PM Saturday. Bring your favorite apple recipe by 1:30 on Saturday to enter the annual Apple Dessert Contest, Student or Adult division. Get a raffle ticket for a chance to win the mountain dulcimer handcrafted by Bernd Krause. This year six people from the 1800's will interact with the crowd: Asa Bement, who settled on this site after fighting in the Revolutionary War; his son, William Bement; and his daughter, Jane Bement; as well as First Lady Dolley Madison; Belva Lockwood (educator, lawyer, suffragist, and candidate for president before women could vote); and Brave Wolf, a mountain man. Visit the Mountain Man encampment by the Owego Creek. Watch black powder shooting demos to see the differences between smooth bore and rifled guns, and try shooting a muzzleloader (using earplug "bullets"). Hawk and knife throwing and primitive archery will also be available to try. There will be 13 different groups on 2 stages (Barn and Tent) playing music that includes folk, bluegrass, traditional fiddle music, string band, and Gospel. Several of the groups have performed for numerous Apple Festivals and are well-known throughout the region, while others are new to Newark Valley. The popular Pat Kane returns Saturday at 1:00; Cobblestone Crossing will entertain Sunday at 1:00. Other musicians include Tom & Marie; Trish & Dannielle; Triton Trio; Curt, Rob, & Jim; Janelle Daddona; Melanie & the Boys; Grasskickers; Grassanova; Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers; New Appalachia; and the Hilltoppers. Ted Crane will lead contra dancing both days, accompanied by the North Hollow String Band on Sat. and the O'Shanigans on Sun. Grab your partner for square dancing on Sunday with Shufflin' Shoes. Learn a dance, or just have fun watching! $6 adults; $5 members; $4 students (6-18) & seniors; $18 family rate. Free parking. More info on musicians at:  http://tjquigley.com/NVAF2013.html.  For more info on the festival, go to http://www.nvhistory.org/ or call 607-642-9516. # # #