Karen Williams, proprietor of Karen’s Old World Bakery, specializing in “home produced artisan breads, pastries and gelato” spearheads this year’s program of activities. She graciously describes what it’s all about.
“So, this is the 24th year of the Glendale Apple Festival. We use it as a fundraiser for town beautification. And we’ve used it to buy playground equipment and all kinds of things for the town. This year’s been really great! There’s a ton of vendors; we’ve got a live band; there’s a dinner tonight. We did crafts and games today. There’s paintball today; we’ve got a game together.” That to be monitored by her husband Chris, an Ironman athlete and executive in a paint-ball business.
“We have a beautiful hand-made quilt that we’re raffling from Joanne Lamb here in town,” she continues. “And we have some other prizes that we’re raffling-off from local businesses. So, we’re just trying to be able to promote some kind of event for people to come together in our community. And I think it’s turned-out really beautiful.”
Mayor Dan Spencer is point man for the annual William Tell Archery Tournament, a 3-D shoot comprising a 10-target hillside course, which according to the adult Apple Shoot winner Curtis Roundy, “started-out with a deer, and some armadillos, and an alien looking gargoyle dude, and a zombie dude. Just a fun course of uphill shots, downhill shots with limbs sometimes.”
Spencer tells it that he’s “pretty excited they pulled in about 500-bucks, and that was just in entry fees.” All to augment the three $1,000 donations from Alton Coal Development, Scott Lamb and Kane County’s Tourism and Travel Council, as well as from some small local businesses.
In addition to the $250 checks for the three Adult, Junior and nine-and-under Apple Shoot division winners, there were given PSE Brute bows valued at $700 for the Adult and $350 for the Junior. Other prizes were such as arrows, targets, broadheads, rangefinders and lock-releases.