Sept. 22 event
Fall Festival activities will include making apple cider
Children attending the fifth annual Hilliard Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 22, will have the opportunity to make their own apple cider.
Christa Hein, founder of Bring the Farm to You, will bring a cider press that grinds apples into a pulp and presses the pulp into cider.
Apple juice differs from apple cider because the pulp is removed, leaving a clearer liquid, she said. Apple cider uses all of the apple, except the stem.
Homemade cider is different in other ways, too, Hein said.
Apple cider sold in stores contains preservatives that change the texture of the product.
"Fresh apple cider is good for only a few days," Hein said.
Hein estimates it will take about an hour to grind a bushel of apples at the festival.
"It's a quicker process with a team of guys, but goes a little slower at our shows where children are cranking," Hein said. "It's a hard press to turn."
One bushel of apples weighs about 48 pounds and numbers anywhere from about 100 to 200 apples. One bushel produces three to four gallons of cider, Hein said.
She said making cider is one of the more popular programs offered by her company, which she founded last year.
She previously was the educational director at Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware
Other new activities at the Fall Festival include live music and theater performances, a gem-miming exercise, a corn cannon, pony rides, laser tag and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, said Beth Simon, recreation program manager for the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department.
Traditional activities include crafts, hayrides and square dancing.
The Fall Festival is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Parking and admission are free, but there are fees associated with some featured events.
The proceeds from those events will benefit Patches of Light, a nonprofit organization that provides material and financial assistance to the families of critical and terminally ill children.