Applefest returns this weekend to Grinter Place

The annual Applefest will return Saturday and Sunday at Grinter Place state historic site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The event was last held around three years ago, according to Pam Howe. She is the co-administrator of the site with Bill Nicks.

This year the Grinter Place Friends are partnering with Strawberry Swing to hold the event, Howe said. The group has popup events each weekend, bringing its own following, food trucks and more to events, she added.

The event Saturday and Sunday will include kids’ activities, free tours of the Grinter House by tour guides in period costume, artists and crafters’ displays, music and Grinter Place items for sale such as apple butter, candles and T-shirts. There will be vendors.

Representatives of the Delaware and Wyandotte nations will give presentations on a small stage, she said.

A small pop-up gift shop will be located inside Grinter House, she added.

Admission is free and open to the public for the two days, she added.

Hours of the festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

Grinter Place is a state museum on the site of a ferry across the Kansas River, on the military road between Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Scott. The historic Grinter House was completed in 1857 and is furnished in that period.

As with any festival of its kind, a lot depends on the weather. Howe said the current forecast for the weekend is good, with warm temperatures in the afternoon, and no rain.

For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/grinterplace.

The annual Applefest returns Sept. 24-25 at Grinter Place, a state historic museum at 78th and K-32 in Kansas City, Kansas. (File photo)

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