Delgrosso’s 30th Harvest Fest opens Fall festivities for families in our region today and it was for everyone to enjoy.
Amy Mearkle, Delgrosso’s director of marketing, said,”For all of the park workers, it’s kind of that pat on the back at the end of the season, that ‘we’ve done it, we’ve had another great season.’ And we do that only because of our guests. So it’s a way for us to say thank you to our guests who come out to the park and for us to celebrate and get ready for 2017.”
Philip Brambley of Brambley’s Apple Butter spends his day stirring up apples and apple cider for up to nine hours to make his family’s homemade apple butter. He explained, “Making apple butter since we were kids. I mean, that’s my grand dad’s kettle. I remember making apple butter in 1961 or 1962.”
For Brambley, apple butter isn’t the only thing that he’s done for a long time. He’s set up shop at Harvest Fest since 2007. He said, “I like being here. It’s a family tradition.”
Speaking of family tradition, the Redpath family are no strangers to the Harvest Fest. Traveling three and a half hours from Kent Island, Maryland, they see Harvest Fest as a great place to take their four kids.
“It;s a great open atmosphere, it’s an easy park to come to with children. They’ve lots of space and lots of things for each age group to do. It’s refreshing.” said Angela Redpath. Her husband, Paul, continued, “The Delgrosso family do a great job keeping the place affordable. It;s well maintained, it’s clean. It’s a great family atmosphere.
Harvest Fest marks the end of Delgrosso’s season and they’ll come back next year for their 70th year.