October 6 will be a busy day for Humboldt County residents who enjoy the annual Apple Harvest Festival in Fortuna and support Northcoast Children’s Services Programs’ annual fundraiser, Pastels on the Plaza in Arcata. Both events take place on the first Saturday in October.
However, it’s not impossible to spend time at these two county celebrations. Plan the day right and one can shop at the Farmers’ Market on Arcata Plaza, take a stroll and enjoy the colorful chalk art done by various artists, enjoy a hay wagon ride through Clendenen’s apple orchard and shop the arts and crafts fair at Rohner Park.
Pastels on the Plaza takes place rain or shine and brings out some of Humboldt County’s most creative artists to support the work of Northcoast Children’s Services. Each artist is sponsored by a local business and the chalk art is created on the plaza with the sidewalk serving as a canvas. Local businesses ‘buy’ a square of sidewalk for $100 and artists donate their time and skills.
A few days before the event the businesses and the artists are teamed up. At 8 a.m. on the first Saturday in October (October 6 this year), the artists show up to begin drawing their masterpieces. When each artist is finished, they and the sponsors are the guests at a reception at Plaza Grill. Photographs of the completed works are presented to both the artists and the sponsors a few weeks after the event.
For those who just want to watch the artists at work and see the fantastical, classic and unique art that is created on the plaza, the event is free.
The Apple Harvest Festival in Fortuna has been going on for 28 years. What started as a small tour through the orchards of Clendenen’s Cider Works next to the train tracks at the corner of Newburg and 12th Streets has turned into a city-wide celebration of local businesses, crafters and non-profit organizations. This year the event has expanded one again and will take place on both Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7.
Saturday will be filled with the events Fortuna residents and visitors have come to expect; free hay rides, children’s carnival events, old fashioned street fair and plenty of music and food at every location. Sunday’s activities take place on Main Street in Downtown Fortuna. A harvest market, crafts, music, food and more will be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
There will be plenty of apple-themed products and foods, along with the chance to support local businesses and chat with friends and neighbors.
Enjoy what Humboldt County has to offer and enjoy one or both of these events on October 6.
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