The last Saturday in September ushers in Pippinfest to our area. An annual, old-time country street festival featuring arts & crafts, apple products, live country music, antiques, vintage cars and great food! Saturday events include crafts, yard sales, flea market and an antique tractor show from 7am-5pm. On Sunday, there will be more crafts, demonstrations, a quilt show, an antique tractor show and vintage car show from 9am-5pm. Throughout the weekend there will be cash-prizes, raffles and music. Plenty of food and performances by our show choir and other music groups.
In 1980, David Thomas, then owner and proprietor of the Fairfield Inn, had an idea in order to bring townspeople together, he invited local clubs and school groups to participate in a community-wide celebration of the apple harvest. As a small town with a strong sense of community, the citizens of Fairfield were eager to support the idea. An all-day street festival was planned. The earliest apple tree brought from England and cultivated in the colonies was the Pippin apple tree, grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Since Fairfield was named for Fairfield, England, and was settled in part by English immigrants, a Pippin apple tree was planted behind the Fairfield Inn with local fanfare and ceremony. The tree still stands today, and bears delicious fruit every fall. Now in its 31st year, Pippinfest, which literally means “apple festival”, is still going strong over three decades later! September 24, 2011