With fall arriving this month, Hartford and Lordstown will be hosting their annual apple festivals this weekend, which are annual Trumbull County tradition that have been taking place for years.
The 48th annual Hartford Apple Festival will be held from 6 to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Sunday at the township center at state Routes 7 and 305, with rides, food, crafts and art shows, vendors, entertainment and games. Rides will be provided by Browns Amusement.
The festival will kickoff Friday, with a flag raising with the Boy Scouts at 6 p.m., queen contest at 7 p.m. followed by a dance with music by Dan Messersmith.
On Saturday, a bike parade will be at 10:30 a.m., pet parade at 11 a.m, children's games at 11:30 a.m. and rides starting at noon. There will be a historical society display at noon at the township hall, children's tractor pull at 1 p.m., and Sheltered Reality at 3 p.m. A parade will be held at 6 p.m. and travel along Route 7 to the center. Entertainment by Making Changes at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, a church service will be at 10:30 a.m. rides at noon, apple pie eating contest at 1 p.m., apple peeling contest at 2 p.m., car cruise a Hartford United Methodist Church, Barber Shoppers Group at 2 p.m., Shenango Valley Sashayers at 3 p.m., arm wrestling at 3:30 p.m., and entertainment with James Willaman at 5 and 7 p.m.
The 27th annual Lordstown Apple Cider Festival will be held at the elementary school parking off Salt Springs Road with rides, games, entertainment and a parade. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The event will also include a photo, fine arts, domestic arts and culinary arts contests.
Friday will be the Lordstown Christian Church chicken dinner 4 to 7 p.m. at the high school, midway with Lisko Amusements at 6 p.m. to midnight and Apple Cider king and queen pageant at 8 p.m.
Saturday events will include free blood pressure and eye screening with Doctors of Ohio Eye Alliance, noon to 3 p.m., sponsored by Lordstown Lions Club, car show noon to 3 p.m., Little Prince and Princess contest at 2 p.m., bingo, 2 to 7 p.m., Lordstown Athletic Boosters spaghetti dinner 4 to 7 p.m. at high school, Double Barrel Boys 7 to 10 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Sunday schedule is Lordstown Soccer League pancake brunch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at high school, 5K race at 10 a.m., bingo 2 to 7 p.m., parade with grand marshals Tom and Sharyn Dietz at 3 p.m., and Minutes to Win It sponsored by Harvest Point Church 4 to 7 p.m.