Photo by: Mark Ranzenberger

 Take time to smell the fall crisp air, soak up the colors of the fall, and sink you’re teeth into a sweet treat like the fresh made donuts, apple dumplings, and the signature apple delight. Wash it all down with some apple cider and explore all that the Zonta Applefest has to offer. There will be children’s games, crafts, and a bake sale, making it the perfect event for the whole family.

New this year, the Zonta Applefest will have four local food vendors including Max and Emily’s, Hot Dog Central, Pisanello’s Pizza, and homemade crepes. They will bring a mini “Taste of Mount Pleasant” to the event so that attendees can try some of Downtown’s best foods.

  Photo by: Mark Ranzenberger

Originally a committee put this event together as a fundraising event and it remains a fundraising event today. The money raised at this event will go toward projects that further the advancement of women. Zonta is an international service organization that puts on service functions and works towards bettering the community and the advancement of women.

This will be the 26th annual Zonta Applefest. In the past the event was held at McIntosh Orchard, but it has found its new home at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch after the closure of McIntosh Orchard.

Since their move, they have expanded into not only offering apple products, but Papa’s Pumpkin Patch also helped the program grow by offering pumpkins for kids to buy and rides which have helped make this event the highlight of the fall season. Helen Chase of the Zonta Club stated that her favorite part of the festival is listening to the children laugh and have a good time. She also enjoys walking around and seeing all of the crafters who show their work.

This year’s Zonta Applefest will take place at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 5th. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 3909 S. Summerton Rd. on the corner of Broomfield and Summerton in Mount Pleasant, MI. Events will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and get ready for this kick off to the fall season.