Apple Fest planting second buildingPublished 6:08pm Monday, June 4, 2012
For its 40th anniversary Sept. 27-30, Four Flags Area Apple Festival wants to construct its second building.
A 40-by-80-foot structure would house apple products and provide shelter during inclement weather like high wind, which beset the four-day festival early Friday last fall.
Exceptional Citizens’ Day for handicapped and senior citizens did not take place.
Apple products, such as cider, had been dispensed from a sturdy tent, which had its poles broken and roof damaged.
Sixteen-member board President Craig Crocker said Monday it’s hard to say how much money is needed because of the amount of volunteer labor available, but probably $25,000 worth of materials.
They’d like to have the building up by Aug. 1 to get the area reseeded before the festival.
Crocker said they’re in the process of talking to individual companies for materials.
“With so many donating sponsorship money or in-kind goods and services, it’s hard to ask for more. When we get enough, we will start. We can only go with the resources we have. We have no admission charge to raise. We are one of the few remaining festivals that charges nothing,” Crocker said.
Entrance to the festival, concerts and other events is free.
Motorists parking on the grounds are asked to donate $5 to the firemen’s association.
Crocker said the building is envisioned for use year-round, from equipment and materials storage to float-building.
The festival raises some $150,000 annually to cover its budget. Revenue comes from sponsorships, selling spots for concessions and arts and crafts and the carnival, but the bout of bad weather Thursday and Friday slowed proceeds.
The current building on the grounds at 17th and Lake streets contains storage, general offices and meeting space where the festival meets the first and third Thursday each month at 7 p.m.