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St. Johns Apple Fest gears up for big comeback

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FENTON (WJRT) -

(09/12/13) - The St. Johns Apple Fest in Fenton is gearing up for a big comeback.

That's because a bumper crop is wiping out the bad memories from 2012.

If you're looking for a slice of fall this weekend, just head to Southern Genesee County.

"Who doesn't like apple pies or apple crisps in general? People come here from all over just for the festival and fall time and the smells," said volunteer Karen Swanson.

Thursday morning, volunteers were busy setting up for one of Fenton's biggest events - the St. Johns Apple Fest.

"We get about 30,000 - 35,000 people that visit multiple times and there's only 12,000 people who live here, so that's a lot of people that come here just for the festival," said Dave McDermott, event chair.

Apple pie, apple crisp, apple cider - apple anything is what's on the menu.

For the past week, an army of volunteers have been busy baking and packaging thousands of treats.

"We just cooked in our activity center, we finished last night at about 3 o'clock in the morning cooking pies and crisps and we'll have more that come in from parishioners," McDermott said.

They go through more than 100 bushels of apples from local farmers.

Last year's bad harvest forced them to buy elsewhere and to raise prices.

This year, they're back in their comfort zone.

"This year we have apples. Last year, we had to fight to get apples so this year we have plenty and we're starting out with plenty of pies of crisp," Swanson said.

The festival begins Thursday afternoon and runs through the weekend.

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