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Applefest at St. John's returns to Aiken as fall gets underway

As the weather continues to get colder as fall rolls into Aiken, one annual tradition is making its yearly return.

Applefest has been held for years at St. John's United Methodist Church providing residents the opportunities to shop for various items, including its tasty namesake, all in the name of supporting charities.

The festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, on the church's campus at 104 Newberry St. N.W. in Aiken.

This year will be on a slightly reduced scale to ensure the event is "COVID-sensitive," said Audrey Osteen, one of the event co-chairs.

"We’re going to require that people wear masks in the spaces," Osteen said. "We will attempt to control the number of people that are in the gym at one time and the Faith Center at one time."

Osteen laid out what's on tap at Applefest, with a wide variety of booths and areas for attendees to shop.

The specific areas that will be selling goods this time are Twice Loved Treasures (which sells all types of used items) and Frozen Features, which offers "frozen casseroles," Osteen said. "We’ll have a bakery area for home-baked (goods). We’re going to have a silent auction in the Faith Center and some children’s activities out in the parking area between the Faith Center and Ward Hall."

There also will be booths for jewelry, books, coffee and, of course, fresh apples brought in from North Carolina.

Applefest will not feature a booth for Second Hand Rose, a clothing and shoe consignment shop, this year, according to Osteen.

The money raised during Applefest will go toward local charities in the area. Osteen said the event has benefited a wide variety of charities over the years.

“We don’t know what the crowds are going to look like, but we’re looking forward to seeing people," Osteen said.

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