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September 4, 2007 > Apple Bash at Garin Regional Park

Apple Bash at Garin Regional Park

By Anuja Seith

A rare treat of sampling antique apples awaits visitors to Garin's Apple Festival. Held at Garin Regional Park, the apple orchard has its roots in 1915 when the focus was on ranching in East Bay Hills and a small apple orchard was planted. The orchard assumed a much larger size when Richmond resident Emil Lindquist, who loved grafting old apple trees, ran out of space in his backyard and approached the park in 1985 hoping to find a home for his potted trees. Within four years, the orchard blossomed with 200 apple trees of 160 different varieties not found on aisles of grocery stores.

The apple festival celebrates this lush red fruit with a fresh taste, crisp flavors and delightful fragrances. A veritable paradise for apple lovers, during the festival, a group of volunteers will keep juicy slices of King David, Belle de boscap, Foxwhelp and many other historic apples ready for nibbling. Orchard tours and an array of activities such as Dutch oven baking, cider pressing and ice cream making, will add a wonderful flavor to the day rewarding any labor with a tasty reward.

When visitors have had their fill of eating and cooking, lively music will fill the air as square dance participants get ready to take the dance floor. Toe tapping live music promises to set the crowd stomping joyously and children can have their faces painted to complete a festive look. With music and art in air, some sports stuff can add a new vigor to this amusing day as kids can enjoy themselves with some old fashioned games like sack races and tug-of-war, played across the creek bed by 19th century pioneer families; losers ended up taking a sudden dip in the creek!

Garin Apple Festival not only features music and games, but also includes stories and demonstrations of kitchen utensils used in 1800s and 1900s, blacksmith forging and tools such as branding irons and barbed wire used for fencing giving a glimpse into the lives of ranching pioneers.

As this annual apple celebration comes to a close, participants may want to keep the taste of their favorite fruit alive for a return trip to the apple harvest on September 30. The reward will be an opportunity to pick a five gallon bucket (provided) filled with apples to take home for a small $5 donation that contributes to park improvement.

Apple Festival at Garin Regional Park
Saturday, September 8
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1320 Garin Ave., Hayward
(510) 582-2206 (Garin Park)
(510) 795-9385 (Coyote Hills - Garin Information)
Parking: $5
Free event

Public Harvest
Sunday, September 30
12:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1320 Garin Ave., Hayward
(510) 582-2206
$5 per bucket

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