Four Flags Area Apple Festival

Festival Events

Apple Anything


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

Apple Give Away


Get a Free Apple a day every day of festival.

Apple Peeling


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


Men's                                          Women's

1st Place: $30                             1st Place: $30

2nd Place: $25                            2nd Place $25

Apple Pie Eating Contest


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.  

Girls/ Boys

1st Place: $40   2nd Place: $20  3rd Place: $10

Womens/ Mens

1st Place: $75  2nd Place: $50  3rd Place: $25

Arts & Crafts


Come out and enjoy homemade crafts and goods on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival.  Browse through 100+ different booths featuring local, homade arts and crafts!

Backyard Grillers BBQ Contest


Bring your Chicken and Pork Ribs and come BBQ at this years Apple Festival.  

This contest takes place Saturday, September 28th, 2019 outside of the Main Tent. 

Pre-registration will be required.  

Please download the pre-registration form here:

Beard & Mustache


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

Biggest Apple


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

Custom Car Show


Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Registration is from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

$10 Entry Free

Awards are at 3:00 p.m.

50/50 Raffle

Donuts & Coffee Available

Come out and listen to DJ Joe Carroll

Grande Parade


The Grande Parade is one of our largest events.  It starts at 1:30 pm Saturday of festival weekend in downtown Niles on Second Street.  The parade route is about 5 miles long winding it's way from Secont Street, up Main Street, across Broadway and down 15th Streed ending at Niles High School.  Our community goes all out when it comes time for the Apple Festival Grande Parade.

**Pre-registration is required**

Horseshoe Tournament


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

Lip Sync Contest


Sunday 1- 3 PM in the Main Tent


Ages 18 & Over 

1st: $400    2nd: $200    3rd: $100

Ages 13 - 17

1st: $400    2nd: $200    3rd: $100

Ages 7 - 12

1st: $400    2nd: $200    3rd: $100

Pre-registration and review will be Sunday September 15th at which time participants must wear same costume they will be wearing on Sunday September 29th.  Acts will be eliminated for inappropriate content as determined by the event chairpersons.  Must participate in the review in order to compete for cash prizes.  
*Registration and Review on Sept. 15th*

Log Cutting Contest


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

Miss & Jr Miss Apple Festival


Please download, print and bring completed forms to the Informational meeting on July 12th 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 14th. 

Download the 2019 Entry form here:

Pancake Breakfast


Saturday and Sunday morning starts out the right way with a Pancake Breakfast!!  8 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the Semco Tent!

Prince & Princess


Boys and girls must be ages 5-8.  This event is held the morning of Youth Day 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 the Youth Parade at 1:00 pm.

**Pre-Registration Required** 

Scarecrow Contest


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

Seed Popping


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

Senior King & Queen


Senior King & Queen selection will take place on the Saturday before opening ceremonies.  . Winners will be selected by random draw.  Sr. King & Queen will have royal honors throughout the year, including attending Apple Festival with honors, riding on the floats at various parades and much more!  Must be a resident of the Four Flags Area and 55 years of age or older to enter.  Couples are not required but may enter.  Must be present to win.

 Pre-registration is required. 

Skerbeck Entertainment


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.  

2018 Wrist Band Prices
Thursday $22

Friday $27

Saturday $30

Sunday $25


For the first time EVER you can purchase a wristband before the carnival and only pay $22 for either of the 4 days!! Must purchase by NOON September 27th

Trike & Bike Race


Held the morning of Youth Day at the Ring Lardner Middle School parking lot.  Ages 2-7.  Registration is 8:30 am - 9 am.  Races begin at 9 am.  Sponsored by Hardee's Family Restaurant of Niles & Honor Credit Union.

Window Decorating


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 has been hosted for several years by Karen Alexander of Coldwell Banker

Judging Takes Place Thursday 1-3 PM

1st Place $100  2nd Place $50  3rd Place $25

Youth Day


Youth day will be held on Saturday September 21st, 2019.  Sponsored by Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union.  Games sponsored by McDonald's Restaurant of Niles and the Niles Service League.  Past activities have included a petting zoo, magic show, and a rope bridge built by area boy scouts.  Curious Kids Museum was there with hands on activities; Ronald McDonald had a magic show.  Free balloons, prizes for the games, free hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, chips and drinks are handed out to area kids.

Youth Parade


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


Decorated Bikes

Motorized Vehicles

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!

Wine & Craft Beer Tent


Opens Saturday at NOON!  Come join us near the main tent area.  

12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

YMCA Senior Citizens Dance


 Saturday Sept 28th, 2019 

7 - 10 pm

DJ: Rick Klingerman

Drawings, door prizes, refreshments, all free! Age 55+

Location:  Niles-Buchanan YMCA, 905 N Front Street, Niles

2019 Sponsors:  YMCA, Brentwood, Greater Niles Senior Ctr, Westwoods