Home Baked Goods
The contest is on the Saturday of festival. Registration is 4:30- 5:00 PM. Judging begins at 5 PM
Pie 1st Place: $75 2nd Place: $50 3rd Place $25
Cake 1st Place: $75 2nd Place: $50 3rd Place $25
Pastries 1st Place: $75 2nd Place: $50 3rd Place $25
Get a Free Apple a day every day of festival.
Whoever peels the apple the fastest is declared the winner. Contestants also are judged on the longest continuing peel. Sounds easy right? Wrong! Give it a try Sunday afternoon during the Festival.
Sunday at 3 PM under the tent by the Apple Building
1st Place: $30 1st Place: $30
2nd Place: $25 2nd Place $25
Join in a fun and entertaining event that ends our Sunday afternoon of fun. Takes place right after the Lip Sync Contest. Approximately around 3:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required.
Four different competitions.
1st Place: $40 2nd Place: $20 3rd Place: $10
1st Place: $75 2nd Place: $50 3rd Place: $25
Come out and enjoy homemade crafts and goods on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Browse through 100+ different booths featuring local, hand made arts and crafts!
If you are interested in a booth, please contact Psi Iota Xi Sorority at :
Bring your Chicken and Pork Ribs and come BBQ at this years Apple Festival.
This contest takes place Saturday at the National Standard Grounds (across the street from Apple Fest Grounds)
In the early days of festival different ways to get the communities involved on a personal level were being thought up by way of friendly competitions, one such competition was the Beard & Mustache Contest. In this contest you can compete against your friends, neighbors & even family members. This contest has several different categories such as Best Beard, Best Mustache and Best Overall. It's a contest that's as much fun to participate in as it is to watch. Prizes have included trophies, t-shirts and cash. This contest takes place Saturday afternoon during the Festival in the Entertainment Tent.
5 PM on Saturday in the Main Tent
The Biggest Apple Contest is just that. The entrants are from area orchards and devote time to a special tree in their orchard where they have discovered a large apple growing. They will keep an eye on this tree and give it just a little more attention. They will water this tree maybe a little more often all the while watching this one particular apple. Once it gets to just the right size, they carefully pick it and hand deliver it to the Apple Festival where it will be displayed until the time of the judging of the Biggest Apple Contest.
The apples are measured from the stem around the bottom and then back to the stem, as well as around the middle of the apple. then after the measurements have been taken the Biggest Apple is chosen and the Award goes to the winner.
Submit entries Thursday between 4-10 PM at the Apple Festival Building
Judging at 5 PM Friday
1st Place: $100 2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to Noon
$10 Entry Free
Awards are at 3:00 p.m.
Donuts & Coffee Available
The Grande Parade is one of our largest events. It starts at 1:30 pm Saturday of festival weekend in downtown Niles The parade route is about 5 miles long winding it's way from downtown, up Main Street, across Broadway and down 15th Street ending at Niles High School. Our community goes all out when it comes time for the Apple Festival Grande Parade.
**Pre-registration is required**
This contest is just what the name says it is, a Horse Shoe Tournament. It starts with 2 person teams and goes through several elimination rounds where the best keeps advancing to the next round, the winner is declared when the last team is standing defeating all other opponents. Next are the 4 person teams. Last team standing is declared the winner. Then it's onto singles, person against person, right up to the very end. This makes for a long day and a lot of shoe throwing. This is fun to watch and even more fun to participate!
So don't miss it, Sunday during the Apple Festival
Begins at 11 AM
1st Place $50 2nd Place $30 3rd Place $20
1st Place $25 2nd Place $15 3rd Place $10
One of the more competitive events we have at the Apple Festival! This is where you can partner up with your pal and find out just what you're made of. In this event your on one end of the saw and your partner is on the other, the logs range in size from 4" to 8" around and your job is to saw it in a give and take motion. The team with the fastest time is declared the winner and has bragging rights! Cash prizes are awarded and you can even have the piece of the log inked with the time it took to cut it, it is yours for the asking. There are several teams in this event. There's something for everyone. This is boasted as a Good Old Fashion Contest.
3:30 - 5 PM Saturday
Located under tent by Apple Building
Boys/Girls 5-7 1st: $10 2nd: $5
Boys/Girls 8-10 1st: $10 2nd: $5
Boys/Girls 11-13 1st: $10 2nd: $5
Men/Women 14-17 1st: $50 2nd: $25
Men/Women 18-60 1st: $80 2nd: $40
Seniors 60+ 1st: $80 2nd: $40
Please download, print and bring completed forms to the Informational meeting on July 9th at 6 pm. Open to young ladies in the Four Flags Community. The Jr. Miss Apple Festival pageant is for young ladies age 13-15. The Miss Apple Festival pageant is for young ladies age 16-18. Both pageants offer scholarships to further their education and help with school related events.
Pre-registration is required.
The pageant will be held at the Niles High School on Saturday, September 17th.
Saturday and Sunday morning starts out the right way with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the AMVETs! 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the MEC Tent!
Boys and girls must be ages 5-8. This event is held during the Miss Apple Festival Pageant and the winner is chosen by a random drawing at the Apple Festival site. The chosen Prince and Princess will ride the Apple Festival Float in area parades and have the opportunity to participate in community service events throughout the year
Build a Scarecrow, bring it in and let many people see what artistic people can do with some clothes and other items. Each person puts their own imagination into the scarecrows; some are funny, scary and all are unique. The scarecrows are displayed on site during the Apple Festival.
Registration is Thursday 5-7 PM and Friday 5-7 PM In front of the Apple Products Tent
Judging Sunday at 9:30 AM
Orignial 1st: $75 2nd: $50 3rd: $25
Funny 1st: $75 2nd: $50 3rd: $25
Not so scary 1st: $75 2nd: $50 3rd: $25
Pop the apple seeds to see who can get the seeds the farthest. Can you be the next winner with your name in the paper? Each person has to stand behind the line and flip their seed to see how far they can get it on the mat that measures the length. Wow some of them little seeds can go pretty far....
11:30 AM on Sunday in front of Main Tent
Boys/Girls up to 13
1st: $20 2nd: $10 3rd: $5
Boys/Girls 14 +
1st: $30 2nd: $20 3rd: $10
Clean midways, friendly employees, colorful equipment, and FUN are what you can expect from Skerbeck Entertainment Group.
Daily ride wristband rates. Carnival games and food. Enjoy the wonderful fall day as the area becomes a delightful ray of lighted colors in the evening.
Conveniently purchase online before NOON on September 29. Wristbands are $30 every day.
Please note the EXTREME ride "Top Gun" requires a wristband + 4 tickets to ride.
Held the morning of Youth Day at the Ring Lardner Middle School parking lot. Ages 2-7. Registration is 9:00 am. Races begin at 9:30 am. Sponsored by Hardee's Family Restaurant of Niles & Honor Credit Union.
This is an event that started more than ten years ago. The downtown merchants decorate their windows following the theme of the Apple Festival. The merchant with the best design wins a traveling trophy, which can be displayed in their store for the next year.
This event is ran by our friends at Leader Publications.
Judging Takes Place Thursday 1-3 PM
1st Place $100 2nd Place $50 3rd Place $25
Youth day will be held on Saturday September 24th, 2022. This year's activities include a rope bridge built by area boy scouts, games and prizes provided by local businesses, entertainment, and raffles. Balloons, hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, chips and drinks free to all!
Stay tuned for details on our new program which will debut at Youth Day 2022 - Run for Reading!
Held at 1:00 pm on Youth Day. This 6 block parade features area youth in various activities, schools/home school, groups, costumes, decorated bikes, floats, strollers and wagons.
Entries will be judged on
Best Use of Theme
Most Creative Entry
Wagons and Costumes
Trophies are given to largest group and the judge's favorite overall entry. All children welcome when accompanied by a parent, No animals please. The parade starts at East Side Park and ends at the Apple Festival grounds where kids can enjoy free food and games at Youth Day!
Open Friday at 6 PM - 10 PM and Saturday at NOON - 10 PM! Come join us near the main tent area.
Saturday October 2nd, 2021
6 -9 pm
DJ: Rick Klingerman
Drawings, door prizes, refreshments, all free! Age 55+
Location: Niles-Buchanan YMCA, 905 N Front Street, Niles
2022 Sponsors: Green Stem Provisioning