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12 Facts About the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol Ragle Park August 8 and 9

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12 Facts About the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol

 Ragle Park August 8 and 9 

The 42nd Annual Gravenstein Apple Fair takes place on August 8 and 9 from 10 am to 6 pm at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Advance discount tickets are now on sale. 

You may think you know all there is to know about the “Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma County,” but you’re sure to find a tidbit or two to surprise you. 

Farm Trails Music Stage1. The Gravenstein Apple Fair is the primary fundraiser for Sonoma County Farm Trails. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1973 to connect farmers with the public, to encourage appreciation of agriculture, and to preserve farming as a viable enterprise in Sonoma County. It also produces a farm map and guide, farm dinners, a barn dance, and free farm tours in spring and fall.

2. The first Gravenstein Apple Fair was held in 1973 at the Enmanji Buddhist Temple in Sebastopol.

3. In recognition of Sonoma County’s ranching heritage, thriving fibershed, and the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese zodiac, this year’s poster boy and “rambassador” is Famous Ramus. He’s a five-year-old Horned Dorset Ram from SkyHorse Ranch. 

4. Like to dance (or just tap your feet)? Country, Latin, African Beat, Zydeco, Blues and more will fill the air from thirteen bands on two stages over the course of the weekend. 

5. The Artisan Cheese Lounge offers seated, curated tastings of local farmstead cheeses paired with wine, cider or beer. Tickets are $25 in addition to entry to the fair. Tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets and onsite, based on availability.

6. Reflective of the growing popularity of this tasty libation, this year’s Craft Cider Tent, featuring ciders made with local Gravenstein apples, has three times as many participants as in its inaugural year of 2013. The cider explosion is even leading to the planting of new apple trees in Sonoma County. 

7. Park for free! In addition to limited on-site paid parking, there are free parking lots and shuttles at O’Reilly Media (1005 Gravenstein Hwy North/ Hwy 116) and at the Holy Ghost Hall (7960 Mill Station Rd.)

8. Bicyclists receive free bike parking and a $5 discount off of adult ticket price at the gate. 

9. Slow Food USA, which declared the fair’s namesake Gravenstein apple a heritage food in 2005, reports that production in Sonoma County is currently 750,000 boxes (15,000 tons) of Gravensteins annually.

10. It is almost impossible for a child to be bored at the Gravenstein Apple Fair. There are continuous free activities and entertainment for kids including crafts, contests, storytelling and sing-alongs, puppet shows, petting zoo, stilt walkers, giant bubbles and more.

11. This year there are over 100 booths at the fair. Shop for everything from jewelry, ceramics, clothing, fiber, art, and home & garden items. Come hungry and plan to enjoy fabulous food from local vendors.

12. About 20,000 pounds of apples and 800 apple pies are sold at the fair each year.

#gravensteinapplefair: Farm Trails and the Fair may be quaint, but they’re also social. Find them on Facebook, Instagram (sonomacountyfarmtrails) and Twitter (@FarmTrails). 

Still want to know more? www.gravensteinapplefair.com or call or email the Sonoma County Farm Trails office at (707) 837-8896 or farmtrails@farmtrails.org.