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Garin Apple Festival 2015: The Show Must Go On

8/21/2015

***This is the 2015 Festival information, posted here for archival purposes. 
For the current year's event, go to the home page at www.ebparks.org and then to Special Events or Features.***

Celebrate our farming and pioneer past during the Regional Park District’s annual Apple Festival! Garin Regional Park in Hayward is home to a heritage apple orchard with varieties of the fruit you won't find anywhere else. Music, dancing, crafts, and old-fashioned games make this event fun for the whole family!

In the region’s early 20th century ranching days, a portion of today’s Garin Regional Park featured a small apricot orchard. The apricot trees had perished by the time the area became a Regional Park. The hillside got a new chance to bloom when Richmond resident and antique apple enthusiast Emil Linquist offered his potted trees to the District in 1985. Within four years, the orchard boasted over 200 trees.

Today the orchard is home to 200 varieties of apples, and as many as 300 individual trees. Among the varieties in the park are the Red Baron, Emma's Apple, and King David. The sweet Hudson's Golden Gem was Emil's favorite.

The orchard is tended from March through October by a group of dedicated volunteers. Although thieves broke into the orchard this year, depleting the crop at the already drought-challenged orchard, the festival will go on. Apples will be brought in for from other locations for pressing and sampling.

In addition to enjoying live music, games, and of course apples and apple cider, visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the ranching lifestyle of the 1800s and 1900s thanks to the naturalist staff from nearby Coyote Hills Regional Park (Fremont). Hoist a hay bale in the Garin Barn, help make hand-cranked ice cream, or press apples for fresh cider.

This is a drop in program; no registration is required. Parking fees apply where charged.

Apple Festival

Garin Regional Park
1320 Garin Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544

Saturday, September 12, 2015
12 – 4 pm

Free entry. Parking $5.

Public Information
1 (888) 327-2757


Isa Polt-Jones
(510) 544-2207

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