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Apple Festival draws large crowd


The event, which benefits Molallas Dibble House museum complex, earned the highest receipts ever

by: DAVE JACKSON - Beryl Cox greets old friend Isabel Williams at the Dibble House museum complex before the opening of Molalla's annual Apple Festival. The two women have participated in the festival 30 years and have become fast friends, even though they only see each other once a year at the event.The air was redolent with fresh-baked apple pies while the Indian Summer sun shone down on this year’s Apple Festival held Saturday at the Dibble House museum complex.

The annual event, hosted by the Molalla Area Historical Society, helps fund the museum.

Michelle Blank took first place in the apple pie contest, with Pat Cronin taking second and Rachel Williams winning third place.

by: DAVE JACKSON - Eliot Macon Aley, 6, set up a lemonade stand at the Apple Festival to earn $25 to buy two chicks through World Vision to help a needy family.  In the end, he made enough money at the event to buy the chicks, a goat, garden seeds, clothing and shelter for a family.Six-year-old Eliot Macon Aley was successful with his lemonade stand at the Apple Festival. His goal was to raise $25 to purchase two chicks through World Vision to help a needy family have eggs to eat and sell. He was excited when he got home to count the money he’d earned with the lemonade stand, and found out that he had reached beyond his goal of $25. He not only earned enough to buy two chicks, but a goat, garden seeds, clothing and shelter for a family as well. The son of Tammy Riggs Aley, a graduate of Molalla High School, and grandson of Mac (Macon) and Sandy Sumner, Eliot thanks everyone who came to the booth Saturday to buy lemonade or make a donation. “I like seeing that there are so many friends that want to help other people in the by: LOIS AND DENNIS RAY - Molalla Historical Society President Iris Riley shows off certificates from the Northwest Rose Historians about Molalla's Jacob's Yellow Rose.world,” he said.

Other happenings included weaving, tatting, vendors selling their wares, and people dressed in period costume. Some of the participants have been loyal year after year, including Beryl Cox, who has returned to the festival every year for 30 years.

Historical Society President Iris Riley said the event drew a large crowd. “Receipts were near $2,000,and they have never been that high before,” Riley said. “Last year we made about $1,500.”by: LOIS AND DENNIS RAY - This First prize in the Apple Pie Contest at the festival went to Michelle Blank