An Apple a Day: 2013 Apple Days Festival in Durango

Nothing says “fall” more than the apple harvest. Well, maybe fall colors say “fall” more than apples. OK, fine. Pumpkins, too.

"Is this one bruised? This one? This one? ... I'm going to be here a long time."
“Is this the perfect apple? What about this one? This one? … I’m going to be here a long time.”

But apples still totally scream “autumn,” and you can enjoy a heap of both this Sunday during the 2013 Apple Days Festival in Durango.

The annual apple festival, which is organized by Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in Buckley Park in downtown Durango.

Apple Days is free and features free apple tastings, apple pressing for fresh-pressed juice (get a discount if you bring your own container) and many apple varieties for sale.

There will also be kids activities and crafts, local food vendors and live music from Durango’s own Stillwater Foundation and the Robby Overfield Band. Local groups and organizations will also offer several educational programs, including one on backyard beekeeping.

And, of course, don’t forget the apple pie eating contest — an event that festival organizers refer to as “notorious.” Now you pretty much have to go.

Don’t forget: You’re always welcome to bring your apple bushel with you to the Durango Quality Inn, so book your room today!

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