Have you ever been to Pippinfest in Fairfield, PA? If not, it’s coming up this weekend, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. For 34 years, Pippinfest has been a highly sought after fall festival in the region, occurring annually every last full weekend in September.
Started by David Thomas, the then owner and proprietor of the Fairfield Inn, back in 1980, Pippinfest was designed as a way to bring the community together. Thomas invited local clubs, organizations, schools and other small-town businesses to come out and celebrate a community-wide apple harvest in a great festival to benefit everyone and have a good time.
The word “Pippin” refers to the earliest apple tree brought to the new world from England and grown and cultivated in the colonies, especially by such notable names as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. As the community of Fairfield gets its name from Fairfield, England, and was settled in part by English immigrants, a Pippin apple tree was planted behind the Fairfield Inn where it still stands today bearing delicious fruit.
Over the years, the festivities, attendees and overall popularity with Pippinfest, which literally means “apple festival,” has continued to grow. Folks from all around come out to enjoy browsing the bounty of arts and crafts vendors, delighting in the delicious dishes and enjoying entertaining enticements from schools and local clubs and organizations.
Saturday’s highlights for this year’s Pippinfest include community-wide yard sales (no permits required), self-guided walking tours (maps available at the Village Hall) and a Quilt Show & Demonstration at the Village Hall between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. There is also plenty to please the kiddies over the two-day festival including carnival games, rides, a climbing wall, arts activities, pony rides and a bunny petting area. Sunday’s entertainments continue with such highlights as a Cruise in Car Show and Swap Meet between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., a special 15 minute presentation on the Pippin apple’s importance in helping to grow other local apples at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and an Apple Dessert Contest (entry forms available online through the website link below).
Enjoy the many entertainments abound town including special visits from Mr. Newt of Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, Polly Nator of Shady Rest Apiaries, a Mr. Lincoln re-enactor, who will be hanging around Honest Abe’s Root beer Float Stand and a stilt walker and clowns who will be up and about. Musical performances will be ongoing throughout Pippinfest. At Fairfield Inn, on 15 W. Main Street, you can enjoy Crystal Groves, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Austin Poulson, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Generations, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Performing at the Fire Hall at 106 Steelman Street will be Rainbow Gymnastics, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; the Fairfield High School Jazz Band, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.; the Fairfield High School Choir, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; a Zumba demo from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Dance Gymnastics, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. In the Metz’s Hardware Parking Lot, you can enjoy Mountain Air, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Professor Guibert and the 1913 Blue and Gray Reunion Band, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. At the Grassy Area near J.H. Kane Street you will find a Next Step Martial Arts Demo, from 11 a.m. to 11;30 a.m.; performances from the Gettysburg Dance Center, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Possessed Athletics Boot Camp, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and an encore of Next Step Martial Arts, between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Pippinfest is the ultimate small-town community celebration that embraces harmony, wholesomeness, harvest time and tradition. So come out to this free and festive fall folly this weekend. For more information on specific locations to area attractions throughout town, go to www.pippinfest.com.