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Gravenstein Apple Fair
August 17 @ 10:00 am - August 18 @ 6:00 pmFree – $15
“The sweetest little fair in Sonoma County”
The Gravenstein Apple Fair is hosted by Sonoma County Farm Trails and has a long and rich history in Sonoma County. Sebastopol staged its first Apple Show in 1910 on Main Street in a tent across from the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway Depot.
This small event celebrating the tart but sweet apple called the Gravenstein became an annual bash occurring every August, focused on showcasing apples and apple products during the peak of their season.
The fair annually sported huge custom structures for front entrance gates and elaborate apple displays by local packing plants, canneries and apple drying companies. Processing and marketing apples had become big business.
Sculptors were hired to build ¼ scale buildings and even a locomotive out of whole fresh and dried sliced apples. Those early fairs had a carnival like atmosphere and were attended by people from all over the United States.
Today, the Gravenstein Apple Fair continues the tradition of celebrating and exhibiting apples, combined with fantastic live music on two stages, great food, demonstrations from local chefs and artisans, arts and crafts booths, farm animals and so much more. Visitors experience the feeling of an old time country get-together, shop the local artisan booths for handmade jewelry, clothing, pottery and gourmet goodies. There are fun activities, like the Hay Maze for the kids, kid focused performances, bee keeper displays, and a fine selection of local cider, wine and brews for the adults.