Busti Apple Festival celebrates 39th year Sunday
The 39th annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, on the grounds in Busti between and around the Grist Mill and Museum.
The festival will feature the 1838 historic mill, fully operational, with all machinery working. The society has worked 40 years to restore the mill. The job was completed this year. Training and demonstration grindings are held regularly. Grinding will take place throughout the festival.
The flour dust created by the grinding requires the removal of all the display artifacts that have been shown for years on the first and second floors of the mill. The society has built a new building behind the recently acquired house; the original residence of the early millers.
In addition to the space in the new building much extra ground has been filled and leveled next to the new building and the miller house. This space will be used for demonstrations, giving the festival a new layout and atmosphere as well as an expanded range of attractions. The festival also features pioneer and 19th century skill demonstrations, craft vendors, farmers’ market, and ready to eat and take home foods.
This year there are several more historical educational demonstrations on view. Some of these include shingle making, flax breaking, blacksmithing, candle making, apple butter making, log hewing, leather work, butter churning, quilting, knitting, spinning, handmade items including turned wood products, hand painted wooden holiday decorations, wooden chairs, candles, jewelry, ceramics, spices, baskets and place mats will be offered for sale.
A major attraction this year will be music by the Allegheny River String Band and The Picks and Hammers Band. The Farmer’s Market will feature seasonal produce, maple products, honey, apples and cider. The famous Busti home-made pies will be for sale by the piece and whole pies in several varieties: apple, cherry, red raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb, blackberry, blueberry, peach and elderberry. New York state cheese, apple butter and baked goods will also be for sale. Beef on weck, hamburgers, hot dogs, coffee, pop, lemonade, funnel cakes, candied apples, chili, sweet corn and cider will be available for eat in or take-out. An area in the museum is set up as a school from the days of the one-room school.
The festival time is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The price of admission is still $3 adult, children under 12 free. Free, ample parking is available on the adjacent firemen’s grounds. No pets please.