October 1, 2008

Joanna Furnace Set For Hay Creek Apple Festival

The Hay Creek Apple Festival will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at historic Joanna Furnace.

The festival site is off Route 10, three miles north of Morgantown. Parking is on site with a parking donation.

Guests may begin their festival day by savoring an array of homemade Hay Creek apple specialties, starting with the all-you-can- eat apple pancake breakfast, which will be served from 7 to 10 a.m.

For the rest of the day, many more apple-based treats will be available, including fritters, pies, tarts and dumplings. Also, the cider press will be operating throughout the day with continuous demonstrations and fresh apple cider for purchase.

Also offered will be traditional apple foods such as schnitz und knepp (apples, dumplings and ham), apple butter and Mabel's Iron- Kettle Soup.

The event also offers seasonal hands-on crafts for children, plus the chance to observe a historic iron-making complex and working archaeologists.

Visitors also may shop at the flea market area, which features more than 100 vendors offering antiques, crafts, flowers, fall items and an array of other items. Flea market spaces may be reserved in person, starting at noon Oct. 10. For more information regarding the flea market, go to www.haycreek.org or call (610) 286-9531.

An apple dessert contest is open to anyone. Entrants should bring their pies, cakes, breads and muffins or "heritage recipes" to the Festival Food Court area between 8 and 9 a.m. Oct. 11, including the recipe with your entry.

The winning recipes from last year's apple dessert contest have been put together in a dessert cookbook that will be available for purchase at this year's event.

The 2008 winners will have their recipes published next year.

In case of inclement weather, the event will extend into Oct. 12. Anyone interested in volunteering should call (610) 286-0388. All proceeds from Hay Creek/Joanna Furnace events support the restoration of the historic site.

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