October 8, 2011 by staff
Apple Festival, Contests baking apple pie, apple slice tastings and demonstrations of wood carving are some of the activities in the Eastern Market on Saturday in celebration of apples in Michigan, the state of the second largest crop of sweet corn behind.
The Michigan Apple Festival, organized by the Michigan Apple Committee, is based on people for the free event, and regular patrons of the market, said Kimberly Hill, vice president of marketing for the market.
Eastpointe Christina Wilson and her neighbor brought her children and grandchildren, respectively, for the festival.
“It’s nice to be able to go out and have positive things in the city of Detroit, can be part of,” said Wilson.
Her neighbor’s granddaughter, Christine Berger, 11, competed in the hula-hoop youth and won by going longer.
“It feels good because I’ve never won anything,” she said, with the trophy and won the small pumpkin. Her sisters and friends also played in the piles of hay and took a picture with the 2011 Michigan Apple Queen, Alyson Wendzel of Watervliet.
“I think it’s really fun,” he said of the festival. “It has delicious apples.”
The festival also features live music and a cow-milking contest.
Lonnie Glines of Harrison gave a demonstration and wooden carved in the form of bears and other wildlife.
“I make noise, traffic goes and sees me, and are attracted,” he said. “They want to see what I do.”
Glines said he is donating four large wooden carvings for the auction, an apple, pumpkin, a “D” and the Detroit Lions logo Detroit.
Festival attendees can also meet the Queen of Apple Wendzel, 17, a fourth generation producer of apple juice whose family owns Coloma Frozen Foods.
In 2007, her older sister, Paulina crown. It won the competition for the first time in 60 years of history of the event that the sisters have won the title. The festival event is 09 am-3 pm
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