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CHAMBERSBURG (Oct. 15 2019) — AppleFest 2019 comes to town again Saturday.

Downtown Chambersburg will be alive with craft and art vendors, food vendors throughout the square and live music on one stage.

Several non-profit organizations have things planned as part of the traditional festival celebrating the fall harvest of Franklin County’s apple crop.

The Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center celebrates AppleFest with a presentation about Martin Delany by author Bob O’Connor. The talk will be held in the second-floor Great Room, overlooking Memorial Square, at 2 p.m.

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Martin Delany, who was the highest ranking African-American field officer of the Civil War, lived on South Main Street in Chambersburg and attended school nearby.

In addition to serving in the Civil War, Delany was a physician and author. He also worked with Frederick Douglass to co-publish the newspaper North Star. 

O’Connor has authored more than 15 non-fiction and historical fiction books with a focus on American history leading up to and encompassing the Civil War. He shares his interest and knowledge of this period in a podcast, “The Chronicles of the American Civil War.”

AppleFest: Autumn Celebration of Apples

AppleFest is the annual autumn celebration of apples, one of Franklin County’s major crops. The festival opens at 9 a.m., closes at 4 p.m. It includes more than 100 vendors of crafts, arts, food, music and fun for the kids.

In addition to the Delany presentation, the 11/30 Visitors Center will be playing five videos in the “video vault.” It will also offer a children’s fall-fun activity. New exhibits will be showcased in the lobby.

Main Street stores will have specials and sales.

The Rotary Club of Chambersburg plans its 2nd annual RotaryFest Carnival in conjunction with AppleFest. It will run Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 in the county parking lot at the corner of West King and Hood streets.

It will feature rides and games by Snyder’s Amusements of Greencastle, as well as other entertainment geared toward children.

Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the carnival is free. Rides tickets are $1 each.

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