ELYRIA — Apple Festival organizer Linda Brown said it’s shaping up to be a great weekend in the city.
“We hope everybody comes down and joins us, it’s a very family-oriented group that comes down, lots of kids, lots of families and I think they all really enjoy it,” she said about the 38th annual Apple Festival, which runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Weather permitting, Brown expects 50,000 to 60,000 people to attend the three-day festival.
Several streets in the heart of Elyria will be closed throughout the weekend for the festival, including Middle Avenue from Broad Street to Third Street, Second Street from East Avenue to West Avenue and Court Street from Broad Street to Second Street. There will be no parking on the closed streets, and the City Hall parking lot on Second Street also will be closed.
Some highlights of the event include a pie-baking contest, a car show, a 5K race and the Princess Pageant where 15 young women compete at noon Saturday. Rest assured, Brown said, the pageant will still go on inside City Hall if rain appears.
The festival also will include vendors and entertainment.
Registration for the annual car show will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, with judging 9 to 11:30 a.m. and winners announced at 1:30 p.m. The show is limited to the first 200 cars. Broad Street from East Avenue to West Avenue will be closed for car show 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with on-street parking prohibited.
Registration for the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department’s annual 5K Run/Fun Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Northwood Junior High School, and the race will start at 8:30 a.m. There will be temporary street closures and delays on Washington Avenue, Ohio Street, Hamilton Street and Hamilton Circle and Glenwood Street during the event.
For more information about the festival, visit www.elyriaapplefestival.com.