Downtown Chambersburg: Smell the cider at Apple Fest

AppleFest

Do you smell the apple cider in the air?  It must be AppleFest 2020 in Downtown Chambersburg. 

Wander along the quaint historic streets of Main Street and Lincoln Way Eastgala, to shop at small local businesses, festival artisans & crafters; enjoy the town’s fabulous restaurants and festival food trucks. It all happens Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also get a jump on your Holiday shopping. The town’s small hometown retail businesses and restaurants are open for the festival too.

Smell the cider
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This year the festival takes place throughout the whole downtown with artist vendors and food trucks in four parking lots and around the square. Find your favorite vendors and food trucks in Kerrstown Square on South Main,  Elks lot at 2nd & Lincoln Way East, Rosedale on North Main, the King Street Church lot and on the square.

AppleFest comes to town every fall on the third Saturday of October, but thus year the event will look a little different. Downtown Chambersburg will be alive with craft and art vendors, food vendors throughout the square and parking lots along Main Street.

It’s a great tradition, with music by the town’s Chambersburg Area Senior High Schools bands. The event us sponsored by Sheetz and WellSpan Health.

Here’s where you will find the action:

Gala On the Square

Sure, you can smell the cider, as well as (hopefully) apple dumplins. But AppleFest is more than that. You will discover other treats as great food trucks gather on the Square.

Shorty’s Funnel Cakes, Bricker’s French Fries will be at the F&M Quad.

Kona Water Ice and We Be Cheesin’ will be at the Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau Quad.

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The Pink Lady lot

Twenty-nine artisans and craft vendors, plus four food vendors and AppleFest sponsor Sheetz will be on the corner of 2nd Street and Lincoln Way East in the new the new County lot where the old Elks Club once stood.

They include:

  • Sherri’s Crab Cakes,  
  • Bucky’s Festival Foods, 
  • Ultimate Stromboli Company,
  • Farm Show Milk Shakes,
  • Ada’s Bakery, 
  • Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, 
  • Old Fashioned Kettle Korn Company, 
  • BJ’s Felting,
  • The Sagebrush Shack, 
  • Rock Reborn,
  • Make Mine Country,
  • Prittyfy,
  • Wide Eye Girl Jewelry,
  • Miss Lucy’s Dog Treats,
  • Carefully Cut Clay,
  • Olde Rustic Edge,
  • Silver Lining Design Jewelry,
  • Refined Rustics,
  • Repurposed Beauty,
  • Sugarwraps,
  • Art of the Earth,
  • Cindy Levinson,
  • Pop’s Woodshop & Mom’s Stuff Too, 
  • Claire Marie Designs,
  • Alpaca Fiber Designs,
  • Sugarbug Crafts,
  • Whole Grain Goods     

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The Jonagold lot

Do you smell the cider yet? The lot on the first block of North Main Street has been designated the Jonagold Lot; 27 craft vendors and three food trucks will offer a variety of wares and scrumptious food choices.

They include:

  • Lizzy’s,
  • Rising Smoke BBQ,
  • Pleasure of the Plate German Nuts,
  • Hillbilly’s Jerky
  • Love Every Stitch,
  • J.D.Kringle & Co,
  • Kalpana’s Fine Soaps,
  • Creative Gifts by Leanne,
  • Nuckelberry,
  • Clay Monkey,
  • Trudy’s Doll Clothes, 
  • Bdazzle Jewelry,
  • Plum Baby,
  • Glass by Manda,
  • Dolly-Dudds,
  • North Garden,
  • Foster’s Fabulous Fandangles,
  • Amenity,
  • Knitting Bee Crafts,
  • King Street Church

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The Macintosh lot

The Kerrstown Square parking lot in the second block of South Main Street has been designated the Macintosh lot. There three food trucks and 20 artisans and craft vendors will set up shop in hopes of luring visitors to their displays.

They include:

  • Asian Fusion Elite,
  • Onion Shack
  • Shuman’s Concessions
  • Paracord Bracelets and Fobs,   
  • Primtiques Nook,
  • Stepler’s Magnetics,
  • Cutting Edge Designs,
  • Lisa Reilly,
  • Oh So Lovely Studio,
  • Knot Nest,
  • Me and my Dog Pet Bakery,
  • Dovie’s Crafts & Quilts, 
  • Ferrell Custom Creations,
  • Enchanted,   
  • Whispering Willow Designs     

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The Honeycrisp lot

The Rosedale parking lot in the first block of North Main Street takes on an rosy apple shine as the Honeycrisp lot for the day. Smell the cider? Surely you will find it at the lot’s Saturday morning mainstay: The North Square Farmer’s Market.

Artisans and craft vendors will share the space with the North Square Farmer’s Market during AppleFest.

They include:

  • Lions Brooms,
  • James Rada Jr.,
  • Global Treasures- Handmade Coin Jewelry,
  • Wooden Creations by Ramey       

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Where to find parking

Need to find parking? There’s plenty within a block or two of the festival.

All along Main street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, King and Queen Streets, the Borough lot at CVS, South Gate, Capitol lot off Main, behind J&B Bridal, County lot on Hood, Shopper’s Lot behind Olympia Candy and more.

North Main Street

Downtown Chambersburg has lots of small businesses, including some awesome eateries, that will be open during the festival. All plan special sales to lure visitors in to their buissinesses that day.

North Main Street businesses include:

  • Falafel Shack
  • Denim Coffee 
  • Lotus Moon 
  • Main St. Deli
  • Brussel’s Cafe 
  • Nerdvana 
  • Black & Blush Boutique 
  • Council for the Arts
  • Remix 
  • Coyle Free Library

South Main Street, first block

Consider visiting these businesses:

  • Gift Enclosure
  • Another Man’s Treasures
  • CVAS Thrift Store 
  • Lyon’s
  • JAR Wood Craft
  • Sweet Rollers
  • M&T Bank
  • Keystone Health Outreach 
  • Olympia Candy Kitchen
  • Beam Graphix
  • Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau

South Main Street, second block

These businesses round off the list in the second block of South Main Street:

  • Garage Studios
  • Boost Mobile
  • ELynxx
  • J&B Bridals 
  • The Foundry Art Market
  • Merle Norman
  • Molly’s 2.0
  • Capitol Theatre
  • Here’s Looking at You
  • Ludwig Jewelers
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