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Fall is in the air and apple picking is a favorite activity enjoyed by many. In Chicago, Apple Fest is a “sign that fall is here and to stock up on their favorite fall goodies to ring in the season,” according to the executive director of Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC), Rudy Flores. The event will be held on Sept. 2, 2021, and Sept. 3, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The 34th Annual Apple Fest will be held at Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce located on Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Wilson. All unvaccinated visitors will be required to wear a mask. Those who are unmasked are communicating that they can provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination if requested.
All LSRCC staff members have elected to disclose they are vaccinated. Anyone volunteering at Apple Fest will need to wear a face-covering unless they have elected to disclose their proof of vaccination. If the participating vendors have not signed documents acknowledging their staff has been vaccinated then they will all have to wear a mask; regardless of the employee’s vaccination status.
Festival-goers will be able to enjoy music as they shop from unique merchants. There will be handcrafted jewelry, artisan cheeses, eco-friendly gifts, apple butter, coffee, teas, and spices. This year the farms at the Fest will include, Los Rodriguez Farm, Phil Foster Fruit Farm, Mick Klug Farm, and John Bailey Honey.
Apart from the various vendors and live music, Apple Fest goers’ children will be able to participate in kids’ activities. There will be an array of fall goodness for everyone to enjoy.
Flores explained being able to have the festival “back [to] in person means so much to our local businesses and vendors, and provides another opportunity for our community to come together and support one another.”
Written by Sheena Robertson
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