It takes a village to host a festival. The chairpersons for this year’s Glendale Apple Festival were Lorraine and Micheal Chamberlain. They put the event together with an evening meal on Friday, an apple cook-off, for those who brought their apple desserts to be judged and then eaten. Saturday, the vendors came to sell their wares, all kinds of jewelry, wood carvings, hand-made items, baby clothing, kitchen towels and baked goods were displayed and sold.

Of course, if you have never eaten Sally Brinkerhoff’s corn dogs, you missed out on a great meal. Jonny and Shirley Esplin came from St. George with baked goods and homemade dressings, which prove to be a big hit. The pies from several vendors are always a sure sale. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Jorja Hernandez and Clara Maxwell donated many long, hard hours to produce some beautiful quilts, which were raffled off. Some of the proceeds went to little Malia Franklin, who has been in and out of the hospital. She recently went though a liver transplant. Many thank yous to the businesses from Fredonia to Duck Creek, who placed flyers in their windows and on bulletin boards, and made room for the raffle cans. Bonnie Harris won the large quilt, and ironically Malia’s grandfather, Raleigh Franklin, won the small quilt, which he intends to keep for his granddaughter. He will give it to her when she is older. The raffle brought in over $1,400. 

The William Tell Archery Contest was chaired by Sherm Cox, who is always willing and does a great job at anything he tackles, and Blane Harris, who assisted as well. 

Behind the scenes, Ellen Lamb, who works for the Town of Glendale, manages the details from the town office and does a great job in keeping things intact. It takes a good secretary to make things happen in a timely manner. Thanks Ellen, for a great job. 

Free train rides were provided by Bill Cox, who likes to drive the Liberty Train around town. He enjoys watching the little kids as they ride the train, and then coax him for another ride later on. 

All in all, it was a great time. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to make the Apple Festival a success. Small towns bring about memories worth re-enacting and bringing folks from every place to get a taste of not only apples, but small town celebrations.

Thank you, thank you!