Tehachapi Apple Festival

October marks the time of the year when the air becomes crisper and the holiday season is just around the corner. Certain apples are in season for most of the year, but many apples varieties are just coming into season. The Apple Festival in Tehachapi is marking its sixth year. The festival takes place on Oct. 13-14; admission to the event is free and will feature more than 70 vendors.

The Apple Festival has grown considerably since its inception six years ago. The festival is so popular that the location had to be changed to accommodate the increase in attendance. There will a designated kids zone with bounce houses, petting zoos, face painting and so much more. Adult activities include a beer and wine garden, live music, a pie-eating contest and a pie baking contest. The pie-eating contest will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, and the pie baking will happen on Sunday. A car show will also take place on Sunday. Of course, apples will be for sale from local farmers.

Linda Carhart, the organizer of the event, encourages everyone to participate in the baking contest. 

“Anybody who thinks they make the best apple pie they should submit that pie for judging on Sunday,” she says.

She hopes that events like the Apple Festival will showcase the wonderful town of Tehachapi.

“There are a lot of people who come up for the Apple Festival who have never visited Tehachapi,” she says. “We’re in the heart of downtown, so they get to see how nice our downtown is—how clean, how friendly the people in Tehachapi are. Just basically enjoy the environment. Hopefully, encourage them to come up and visit.”

For more information, visit TehachapiAppleFestival.com.

“Anybody who thinks that they make the best apple pie should submit a pie for judging on Sunday! ”  -Linda Carhart