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From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 Turner Farm (829 West Main, Buena Vista) is celebrating all things apple with their annual Apple Fest.  The festival features live music, kids activities, tours, historic demonstrations, and an apple pie bake-off.

Turner Apple Farm. Image courtesy of BVHM

The apple pie baking competition has a $50 prize for each of its four categories: best tasting, best crust, best looking, and most unique. Bakers interested in participating can reach out to Buena Vista Heritage for access to heirloom Wealthy and Transparent Apples from the 110-year-old apple trees at the farm.

Participants must submit their pie by 10:00 a.m. on September 9. Winners will be announced at 11:00 a.m. that day.

Apple Fest taps into the feeling of an old-fashioned fair with activities designed for all ages. Costumed volunteers will share the history of the farm.

Attendees can try out churning butter or using a two-man saw. Children will be able to make crafts, play old-fashioned games, or ride a pony thanks to a collaboration with Mini Blessings.

Image courtesy of Buena Vista Heritage.

Information about Apple Fest is available online at

Friday at the Farm

The final two shows of 2023’s Friday at the Farm series are this month, signaling the end of summer. Turner Farms recurring Friday at the Farm concert series features bands from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Different musicians perform at dusk every Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Turner Farm (829 West Main Street, Buena Vista). Admission is by donation.

These collected donations are used to maintain the historic farm and apple orchard. Attendees should plan to bring their own chair or blanket and are welcome to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the show. Dogs are allowed if they remain leashed and are not disruptive.

Friday at the Farm performances will continue through September 15. The final two shows are:

September 8  – Tami Deal & Cabin Fever

September 15 – Brian Bishop