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Apple Harvest Festival kicks off fall this weekend

The Apple Harvest Festival returns to the John Tigard House this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.This weekend, Tigard is going back in time.

The Tigard Historical Association's Apple Harvest Festival returns this Saturday, offering all the old-fashioned fun that people have come to expect from the annual event.

The festival — which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 — takes place at the John Tigard House, the 1880-colonial home-turned-museum at the corner of Canterbury Lane and Southwest 103rd Avenue.

Apple pie from Davidson’s Casual Dining will be on hand for .50 cents.

The festival is meant to give people a sense of what it was like to live back when Tigard was first founded, said THA Vice President Valri Darling.

“Back when the John Tigard house was on Pacific Highway, he had a large apple orchard on one side of his property,” Darling said. “When they moved the house, they planted six apple trees in the yard as a remembrance.”

The festival will include an antique cider press, as well as a turn-of-the-century apple peeler. Kids can try out the antique devices, as well as try several other old-fashioned activities and games, Darling said.

“We have an old-timey water pump, and kids always have a fun time pumping it into a big galvanized pan. They get to wash clothes and hang them up,” she said. "They love it."

The Tigard Quilters will also display some of their work and demonstrate their abilities, Darling said. Children will be able to give needlework a try as well as play horseshoes and enjoy a bean bag toss.

Admission is free. Any donations will go to the Tigard Historical Association.

“It’s a good family event,” Darling said.

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