Football Nights and Apple Delights

Apple-icous for Jackson Festival

It’s 64 years old and still going strong. And every year since 1937 (save for the war years from 41 thru 46) the Jackson Apple Festival has celebrated the apple harvest and autumn season. The first event pitched its tent when FDR was president and Babe Ruth was just 2 years into retirement from baseball. Locally, the great Flood of 1937 had devastated the Ohio River Valley in January just months before the first apples graced the scene of the inaugural Jackson Apple Festival.

Since then, this extravaganza has taken on a unique persona of its own attracting up and coming local musical talents, the Ohio State University marching band and a host of world class country music entertainers. I will let you scan the event marquee at the official website for the festival.

This year's festival theme is Football Nights and Apple Delights as it spotlights the work of the Jackson Ironmen radio broadcast team. Dan Dobbins, Dan Morrow and Pete Wilson are this year's grand festival parade Grand Marshalls. You can read more about this trio at the website too.

I have enjoyed several Apple Festivals and my most vivid recollection is the aroma of hot apple butter being churned and fermented by the local churches. Talk about a sweet fragrance! If all goes well, I may well travel to Jackson on Saturday to enjoy the fun and excitement of one of the best fall festivals in the country. It represents a true slice of Americana!

As for the weather, skies will be sunny and hazy by day with the stars twinkling at night. Highs will reach 85-90 right thru Sunday and nights will cool into the 70s for evening parades and 50s for the predawn hours. Kids should lather up with the sunblock before taking in the daytime action!

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