Sep 10, 2011

Rochester Art & Apples Festival

We were so glad today when the rain let up.  As soon as it stopped, I jumped up and informed everyone that I wanted to take a trip out to the Art and Apples Festival in Rochester.  The Festival was held at the Rochester Municipal Park which is north of University and West of Main/Rochester.

The festival will run until tomorrow (Sunday, September 11, 2011) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The suggested donation for admission is $5 per person.

There are a ton of art tents to wander through, jewelry, clothing, paintings, photos, and so much more.  There were three food courts with a handful of vendors offering apple related items.  We chose to go with a pulled pork sandwich and chicken legs from Red Woods Grill and French Fries from Golden Gate Foods.  Total cost for lunch: $20.  I wish I had held out for something with apples.  The food was okay, but nothing I would go out of my way for.  Port-a-potty restrooms were available with water  and soap to wash your hands throughout the park.

We spent a significant amount of time in the kids art area where they had a few activities set up for the kids.  There was an inflatable maze/slide that Rosa went on a few times.  She was too young to go by herself, so she had to have an adult go with her.  The DIA had a tent set up with a ton of art supplies and Rosa enjoyed gluing pompoms, google eyes and feathers on a popsicle stick.  They also had an art maze where they posted copies of famous pieces of art and gave children a small piece of the image and asked them to come back and tell them the name of the piece.  It was very cute.

The music on both the main stage and gazebo were very enjoyable to listen to.  During lunch Rosa stopped to dance for a very short time while two men played a variety of upbeat pop tunes.  We also listened to "Heart of the Hills" perform a couple of songs.  This barbershop style group traveled around the festival and sang a few songs for the audience.   It was very entertaining.

Overall a very fun day in a beautiful park.  (More about the actual park later)

More images in the Rochester Park and Arts & Apples Album

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