Core of Lisbon festival is apples

By ANGIE SCHMITT

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

LISBON — Folks here have a special way to commemorate the coming of fall, and it’s all about apples.

The village celebrated its 40th annual Johnny Appleseed Festival over the weekend, complete with crafts, carnival rides and a gamut of apple-flavored treats.

The event, celebrated the third week of September in this historic town, pays tribute to John Chapman, a Massachusetts native who traveled through Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana planting apple trees between 1774 and 1847.

Beaver Creek resident Sonny Reynolds, 54, portrayed Chapman in this year’s festival, sporting a burlap sack and a tin pot for a hat, as legend describes. Reynolds handed out apples to young festival-goers, fresh from Lisbon’s own Dillon Fruit Farm.

“This is what it’s all about,” Reynolds said, distributing the small green fruit to a group of children.

Reynolds gave away 10 milk-crates full of apples Saturday, the first day of the two-day festival.

The local chamber of commerce, the festival’s sponsor, rang in the festivities Saturday with a parade and the traditional rubber duck race.

For complete story, see Monday’s Vindicator or www.vindy.com.

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