The Brighton Applefest has become one of Ontario's premier fall festivals over the years. 2010 will be the 36th year straight for this grand festival. This year will be the biggest and best ever, in part because I'll be there along with the Remax balloon, but also because there's so much to do.
It's natural that Brighton should celebrate apples. The area around Brighton is well known for it's apple orchards, and the last weekend in September is set aside to clebrate the year's bountiful harvest. The small town of Brighton will be filled with all kinds of things to do for the entire weekend. This year there will be an art show and some the the area's magnificent talent will have their works on display. There's going to be a street fair, and lots of vendors will be there with their wares. The art show and the craft show are sure to provide an afternoon's worth of interesting things to look at.
Barbeques, pancake breakfasts, steak dinners, and a pie eating contest should be enough to sustain the hungriest of hungry visitors for the whole weekend. The gazebo will be humming for the entire weekend, and for those who would enjoy a beverage while listening to the music, there's a beer tent. There will also be Live Theatre at the Proctor Simpson Barn, a play called Strictly Murder, put on by the Brighton Barn Theatre.
Saturday evening local (well, Cobourg is just down the road) country music singer Daynah Johnson, a Nashville recording artist, along with Rusty Zipper and D.J. Kevin Weaver will play at the Brighton arena. Tickets are only $20.00 for this show, so it's a great value. Cheryl Dunn will close out the music on Sunday afternoon at the Evangel Pentecostal Church, 30 Butler St. - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
This is the time of year when many people start getting the blues because of the weather, so spending a quality, fun-filled weekend in Brighton might just be the anecdote to lift some spirits. I'll see you by the balloon. Be there or be square.