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The 47th Applefest debuts Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. on the campus of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and school. The event runs through Sunday, Sept. 15. 

 The Applefest tents are up, carnival rides are ready and several thousand apple pies are freshly baked.

 Now all that’s needed are the 10s of thousands of visitors expected to descend upon the St. John Catholic School campus and parish grounds starting this Thursday at 3 p.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m.

 So far, the weekend weather looks promising for the 47th annual Applefest. However, no matter what the weather,

the forecast for Applefest is always positive because of the joint efforts of the entire Fenton community.

 “It’s really gratifying to see all the volunteers coming together for Applefest,” said Miriam Sage, Applefest co-chairperson. “There are so many details; I’m thankful for a strong group of volunteers and Core Committee that makes this all happen. Even if you volunteer just an hour of your time, it’s so helpful.”

 This year’s Core Committee includes Ron and Pat Lockwood, Ryan and Miriam Sage, Kim Heethuis, Susie Temple, Tom and Suzanne Danner, John and Sue Dasky, Kevin Messing and Mike and Brianne Johnson.

 New this year will be the use of credit cards by Applefest visitors, who can purchase vouchers for a variety of festival events — from carnival rides to special dinners and midway purchases, with just a very few exceptions, including gambling events. Each voucher is worth $5. If a purchase is $4, you’ll get $1 back in cash. There will also be an ATM on site.

 Saturday’s Applefest Road Race will include a 10K, beginning at 8 a.m. (note new time this year), followed by the 5K Run/Walk, the Apple Core One Mile and the Apple Core-ter (1/4 Mile).

 The midway, provided by Skerbeck Entertainment Group from Escanaba, is the focal point of Applefest for kids and teens, operating Thursday, from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday, from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, from 12 to 6 p.m.

 Attic Treasures, a huge community rummage sale and the traditional Cake Walk always draws a large crowd, as well as visitors to the Happy Apple Tent with “everything apple,” plus a variety of other food vendors. Always popular is Padre’s Chili.

 Don’t miss all the special dinners, from the Friday Night Fish Dinner to Saturday Night Chicken Dinner and the Sunday Spaghetti Dinner. Once you’ve had your fill, you can visit the Entertainment Tent for plenty of music and refreshments.

 You can win big at Applefest by entering your name in all the raffles, from a car/boat/cash raffle, to dozens of other raffle events, including a cruise raffle, and raffles for furniture, electronics, a large-screen smart TV and more.

 All the Applefest proceeds benefit parish programs, including St. John Catholic School.

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