It was Autumn in all it’s glory Saturday at the Salvation Army’s Apple Fest at Sullivan Farm. Being my first Apple Fest experience, the huge turnout and the sheer number of things there were to do surprised me. I think Sullivan Farm is one of the most beautiful places in Nashua (that classic red barn just gets me) and I love love love this event. I also wish I had known a few things ahead of time, so if you’re planning on going next year, here’s a rundown and some tips! (I have no tips however, on the Apple Slingshot. Such a simple game, but so hard to do.)
100% of the proceeds benefit the Salvation Army. You don’t need a ticket to the event, but you do need tickets for food and games. It’s a $1 a ticket, and you’ll probably want to buy them in sheets. (Safe to assume if you come with kids, you’ll be buying at least $20 in tickets.) Most of the games, like the hay ride, apple toss, face painting, are just 1 ticket, same with water and chips. The popular bounce castle was 5 tickets, and hot dogs were 2. (And cash only to buy the tickets.)
Here’s just some of what there was to do:
- pony ride, hay ride guess the doughnut weight
- pumpkin painting, face painting scarecrows
- bounce castle shopping
- apple slingshot go inside a fire truck
- darts shoot water guns into hole race
- apple picking, apple pie and ice cream cornhole type game (not my best description…)
It’s dusty on the farm, so wear the right shoes! There were lots of dusty, flip-flopped feet. And even though it was the most gorgeous, 80 degree September day of your winter dreams, it gets hot in the sun. Especially when you’re standing in line in said sun. I could have used a hat, and shorts! The event starts at 8am, and that probably would have been the best time of the day to bring my nephew and step-niece. The cooler weather and morning energy would have allowed us to spend more time there I think, and fit in some more games.
While most of the games might seem geared toward kids, there’s plenty of challenging games and food for adults as well. You can easily spend the whole day here, spending as much or as little money as you like, but knowing that all the money goes to charity. On top of it all, it’s so wonderful to be on that beautiful farm, in that apple orchard, surrounded by plump orange pumpkins. Is it just me, or when you’re there, can you smell those apples in the air?