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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • NCTC declares record crowds at AppleJack's kick off to apple season

  • Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce declared the record crowds at the AppleJack Festival a fitting kickoff to the apple harvest season.Celebrations and activities to continue through late October including activities at Kimmel Orchard, Arbor Day Farm and Arbor Lodge State Historical Park.The city's annual Apple...
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  • Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce declared the record crowds at the AppleJack Festival a fitting kickoff to the apple harvest season.
    Celebrations and activities to continue through late October including activities at Kimmel Orchard, Arbor Day Farm and Arbor Lodge State Historical Park.
    The city's annual AppleJack Festival is estimated to have drawn over 80,000 people over the weekend and Tim Pendrell of NCTC said it pumped millions of dollars into the city and surrounding economy.
    The festival celebrated its 45th year with a car show, arts and craft fairs, a pancake feed, petting zoo, food vendors, apple donuts, apple picking, circus, concerts and a carnival.
    It also featured an annual parade, sponsored this year by Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, and a fun run, sponsored by the sorority Beta Sigma Phi, which also had record number of registrants.
    "Nebraska City has been a pioneer in agritourism since the 1800's and when you visit Kimmel Orchard, Arbor Day Farm, Arbor Lodge, stroll through our historic downtown and visit our eleven museums it is hard not to notice the wealth of possibilities we have," Pendrell said.
    "It is exciting what is happening here. Nebraska City is poised to become one of the nation's premier resort destinations soon," he said.
    Nebraska City and its orchards will continue family-friendly activities and apple picking throughout the fall and Arbor Lodge will host the 33rd Annual Living History Days at the 52-room neocolonial mansion of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, on Sundays through October 20th.

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