Oak Glen's Annual Apple Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring

Oak Glen's apple growers invite visitors of all ages to celebrate spring at the annual Apple Blossom Festival.

Oak Glen, CA, April 05, 2009 --(PR.com)-- On April 18th and 19th, visitors to Oak Glen can celebrate spring and take part in a decades-old tradition at the annual Apple Blossom Festival. Throughout the weekend, the member businesses of the Oak Glen Apple Growers’ Association (OGAGA) will be hosting a variety of special events, full of family-friendly fun for all ages.

The Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 18th (for early birds, there’s a Gospel Night musical sing-along at Los Rios Rancho on Friday the 17th at 7 p.m.). Oak Tree Village will have crafters and artisans, a petting zoo, pony and train rides, exotic animal & reptile shows, and Old West shootouts featuring the Oak Glen Gunslingers. They’ll also host pie eating contests for adults and kids both days.

Apple Tree Gifts will host a quilt show and Beatrix Potter readings both days. Riley’s Apple Farm will hold music workshops and offer archery and tomahawk & knife throwing both days.

Los Rios Rancho will have kite-flying, cider pressing, horse-drawn carriage rides, and on Saturday night at 7 p.m., an Apple Blossom Hoedown (for those not in the dancing mood, The Wildlands Conservancy will have a night hike at 7 p.m.on their Los Rios Rancho trails). Orchard Events Center will host a Pink Lady Apple Blossom Tea and handbell choir contest on Sunday at 1:30.

The weekend will also feature the return of two Oak Glen landmarks: Apple Dumplin’s Restaurant’s new owners will hold a grand re-opening starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The recently refurbished Oak Glen School House Museum will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m.

Most events are free to the public; there are small fees for some activities and tickets are required for the Apple blossom Hoedown and the Pink Lady Apple Blossom Tea. For Festival information (including event schedules), and links to the various OGAGA member sites, visit www.oakglen.net.

Rileys at Los Rios Rancho
Devon Riley