Hartford festival marks 50th year

HARTFORD – The Hartford Apple Festival is marking its 50th anniversary Friday to Sunday at Hartford Center, Route 7 and 305.

Rebecca Whitman, secretary of the festival committee, said “not too many small communities can accomplish a festival like this for 50 years. We are proud of that.”

She said there will be an anniversary theme for the event displays and parade along with more prizes awarded, including bikes.

Various organizations and local groups are scheduled to take part in the golden anniversary.

Festival hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Friday’s activities include opening ceremonies with Boy Scout Troop 90 at 6 p.m.; queen ceremony at 7 p.m. followed by the dance from 9 to 11 p.m.;

Saturday activities include 5k race at 9 a.m.; children’s bike parade at 10:30 a.m.; pet parade at 11 a.m.; children’s tractor pull at 12:30 p.m.; Sheltered Reality at 2 p.m.; magician Gary Morton at 3 p.m.; parade with grand marshals Helen Burns and Rebecca Whitman at 6 p.m.; and Remedy at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday activities include church service at 10:30 a.m.; apple pie eating contest and car cruise-in at 1 p.m.; apple peeling contest and Shenango Valley Sashayers at 2 p.m.; barbershoppers at 3 p.m. and arm wrestling tournament at 3:30 p.m.