Sunday, September 21

St. George Apple Festival

The boys stayed overnight at my place on Friday so Mom could have a Girl's Night Out. Dad was working.

Early Saturday morning, we headed out for the St. George Apple Festival. It is an annual event, but we had never been there and neither had Mom, so we stopped and picked her up before we headed out.

The photos aren't in the order I wanted them because Blogger is giving me a hard time. At least I got them uploaded. For a few minutes I didn't think I was going to be able to.

In the morning there was a scarecrow contest. Now if you are a regular reader, you will know that I love scarecrows. There was a variety but I only took photos of a few.
The scarecrow above was right near a kids' book display. Jordan looked at the books and saw a couple he liked. This was near the beginning, so I told him to look around and see what else they had. If we didn't find anything else he wanted then we would get it on the way out. He did get a book when we were leaving. It was titled, The Dog Who Thought He was Santa Claus." That should be fun book for him to read. There was nothing for Brandon's age but he has a lot of reading to do in school this year, so he didn't mind.

This guy was cute and was guarding the telephone booth and the food booth.
When I first saw the Granny Biker Lady scarecrow, I had to take a second look. She looked mighty real sitting there with her back against that pole. If she didn't take first place then the judges weren't seeing the scarecrows through my eyes. She was awesome.

Jordan took the photo above. He is a dog lover and thought that sign was just great. It is a no pooping sign for the lawn. I'm sure if hubby made his mind up to do so, he could make him one.
Both of the boys were enthralled with the wooden toys. An elderly man made these and he also had transport trucks, fire trucks with ladders and airplanes. Brandon is thinking he would like a career in woodworking and he mentioned that to the man at my prompting. The man told him to forge ahead with his dream that cabinet and furniture makers made good money. That made Brandon stop and think.

This booth was the first one we saw when we got to the apple festival. It should have been first, but as I said, Blogger was being difficult.
This booth had lots of handcarved wooden items. The stools were well made and very intriguing.
Above is a beautiful green area with a fountain and lots of lush greenery. In the summer this area would be alive with blooms.

Jordan wanted some candy floss and since we didn't get to the local fair this year, we got him some. Brandon got a candy apple.
Brandon was not in a good mood today. Here he is giving me "the look." Mom is watching to see what I'm going to do. The best thing to do when Brandon is being like this to say, "Brandon, that's enough," and then leave him to sort it out for himself. It makes him worse if you harp at him. He has been having a difficult time with his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder lately. He was well behaved, but was just being ornery. I told him that Grandma could be ornery too if he didn't settle down and so he just kept his looks and thoughts to himself. Sometimes it's difficult to decipher if he is being a teenager, if his Asperger's is making him act the way he does or the Obsessive Compulsive. He has a lot on his plate, for sure. If we don't know what to do, how can he? And remember, kids with Asperger's Syndrome dislike crowds and noise. This wasn't really crowded nor was there a lot of noise, but if Brandon wasn't feeling up to par, it may have been enough to bother him.
This couple had a very pretty booth filled with autumn decor items for the yard and home. They also had a few Halloween things.
The booth above was all about gardening and had some plants in some nice rustic planters. I enjoyed browsing and so did Mom.
Can you believe that the flowers above are made from apples. Apparently Mom had seen these before, but I hadn't. The greenery is artificial but the flowers are made of apples.
This man could play the pan flute and make heavenly music. I would have liked to look at his booth closer, but I knew we were going to lose Brandon if we didn't hurry along. I didn't want him to have a meltdown, as this would have made everyone, including him, feel bad.

I bought some goat's milk soap for Brandon, as he has a lot of dry skin on his face. He told me he would use it and a woman was selling it. She makes it herself and says that many teens use it for skin problems. I did get a photo of her booth, but Blogger won't let me upload it.

Mom and Brandon headed back to the van, while Jordan and I went to see if his book was still there. It was and I told him that it must have his name on it or it would have been gone. He thought that was funny

As we walked back to the van, we saw a few vintage cars. Again, Blogger won't let me upload those, so I will save them for another day.

Enjoy your day and be sure to take some time to stop and smell the roses. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. I would have loved this! Those apple flowers are amazing!

  2. Great photos thanks for sharing them.

  3. Looks like y'all had a grand time, even with Brandon's moodiness. We all have bad moods sometimes. I do, and I can't blame it on anything but common orneriness. ;o)

    I don't think I've ever seen those apple flowers. They are lovely!

    Hope all is well with you and yours, Mary. Your apartment must be nearing completion by now.

    Have a blessed Sunday, my friend. :o)

    Love and hugs,


  4. I too really enjoy scarecrows. I think I will make one for my front porch this fall. May start working on that this week.....m...

  5. what fun! Do you have bonfires there too?

  6. Mary,

    Your photos of the APPLE FESTIVAL are great! I enjoyed them all. Your Mom looks sweet, I'm glad she went along, and I know the boys enjoyed it. I love Autmn Festivals.

    Mary, I am having a hard time signing on as a Follower. I keep getting "error on the page." This happens with a lot of my friends' blogs. I was able to join a few only, so far. I have been trying to follow your blog, and can't. I will keep trying.

    Have a lovely Sunday, my friend.



  7. I was enjoying your outing...everything Mary!! Then, the grannie biker scarecrow was just plain awesome. But...but....those flowers made from apples? Whoa...I'd never seen anything like it. What a concept.

    This looks like a very fun day. I would have enjoyed being with y'all.

    Hope your Sunday is glorious. Filled with sunshine and some laughter on the side.

  8. I am drooling all over my computer! The fresh apple cider and other apple concoctions looked wonderful. It looks like you all had a wonderful time.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. It's nice to meet you to. Please come by again!

  9. Glad you guys had a good time. Love the scarecrows-and the wooden trucks are very neat!

  10. I love the sights & sounds of autumn! Glad you could enjoy the festivities. Btw, my hubby has Aspergers, so while there are varying degrees of it on the spectrum, it sure makes life "interesting" to say the least.

    Hugs & blessings,

  11. I so love going to the Festivals this time of year........ Not so much to buy things but just to look and visit and just relax... Sounds like you had a wonderful day with those boys and your Mom......... Enjoy your Sunday.......


  12. Mary, those stools are just gorgeous! I think I would have been hard pressed not to get one for my hallway.

    Have a great Sunday. God bless.

  13. Looks like a fun time was had by all! Thanks for sharing ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  14. You took some great photo's Mary! You do such a good job doing this.

    It is so nice that you can take your Mother with you when you go on outings she can enjoy! She looks like she had a great day!

    The apple flowers! Wow, I have never seen anything like them. Blessings, Grams

  15. Hi Mary,
    The Apple Festival looks like it was such an enjoyable way to spend a lovely fall day! Loved seeing the scarecrows and those apple flowers (so unusual)
    I've never heard of the goats milk soap for skin problems. It will be good if it helps Brandon.
    Glad you had such a fun time and blogger let you share it with us!

  16. Once I was in Michigan with Honey Bear on a business trip and we went to an apple festival. I was hoping we could fit a trip in this year as I have the partial ticket that I had to cancel from the planned trip to Maryland. However, it doesn't look like it will work out for me.
    I do so love going to these kinds of things in the fall of the year. You're lucky the boys still are willing to do these things.
    Mama Bear

  17. Now that sounds like a fun time!! You have got to know my favorite is the GRANNY BIKER!!!! What a hoot, she looked so real!! They must have a rubber mask on her yes? That was really great, thanks for the pictures I so enjoyed them. You are a special grandma, and a woman with a huge heart:) love ya.

  18. That looks like a really fun day. Those apple flowers are amazing. Do they last a long time?

    Looks like a perfect early fall activity!

  19. Well, that certainly looked like fun. Enjoyed the festival pictures. Making memories to last a lifetime.

  20. Mary,

    These are great photos - I wish I could have been there! The grandma scarecrow was amazing, I liked that one.

    One thing that caught my eye was the wooden toys! O how I'd love to find someone close by who made those. I would encourage everyone to buy from them instead of major toy companies, like Toys 'r' us.
    The furniture looked great too -but in order to find good quality things like that, we just about have to head toward the high mountains.

    Those candied apples looked good too.....:)

  21. Looks like a wonderful festival. I will have to remember it for next year. The Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese festival is coming up the end of September. I have never gone, but maybe I should. I thought the apple flowers were really unique too.

  22. Hi Mary, I would love to go to an apple festival... looks like so much fun.I bet the smell of apples was everywhere..

    I love goat soap.. it makes your skin feel so soft..there is a blogger named Peggy who makes and sells her goat milk soap and can find her under my list of friends; just click on Peggy's name and visit her site...
    Peggy is a hard worker and loves all of her goats and treats them like "kids"....have a good day..

  23. Oh I love to go to different festival.
    Yesterday I bought some apples and we also got some caramel dip and quarter up some apple and dip them is the caramel dip "oh so yummy"

    I don't know much about goat soap but I real like the milk from a goat.

    It amazing how some people really can restore them.

    Coffee is on.

  24. what a great day you had...fall festivals are so colorful and lots of entertainment....looks like you all had a great time...(I hope Brandon cheered up a little after the picture was taken...)

  25. I love going to these. It is such fun to look around and see the creativity of people.
    My favorite...the dog sign. In Covington the dog across the street would always come to our yard.

  26. Mary,

    I always loved going to fairs! It's so much fun to see all the amazing creations people make. I think it would be wonderful if Brandon wanted to be a wood carver. I love woodcarving. I'm glad blogger finally let you upload these photos. I enjoyed tagging along with you, your Mom, and the boys!


  27. What a great festival! I loved the apple flowers! Amazing what people can make, isn't it? I would love to know how to make soap myself. I need to do a search on that subject sometime.

    Brandon must be at the beginning of his teen years....that's an equally rough time for boys as well as it is for girls.

    So nice that you took your mom along with you. I don't have my mom any longer and miss her terribly. She loved with me the last 2+ years of her life.

    Have a nice weekend, Mary! I am going to call it a day now.

    (((((( HUGS ))))))