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A cornucopia of fun activities at Apple Blossom Days

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From page B4 | April 26, 2013 |

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Kara Taylor, co-owner of Smokey Ridge Charcuterie, makes sandwiches for the Apple Blossom Days. Democrat file photo

What: Fourth annual Apple Blossom Days (formerly known as Apple Blossom Festival)

Who: Apple Hill Growers Association

Where: Apple Hill Growers Association ranches in El Dorado County: Boa Vista Orchards, Fudge Factory Farm, Grace Patriot Wines, Lava Cup Winery, Smoky Ridge Charcuterie, Wofford Acres Vineyards, Kids Inc., Fenton Herriott Vineyards, Jack Russell Farm Brewery, Madroña Vineyard, Mill View Ranch, Rapetti Farms and Boeger Winery.

When: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. On April 27, the 5K and 10K run and walk starts/ends at El Dorado Orchards, 2881 North Canyon Road in Camino

Admission: Registration for the run/walk is $40 for adults, $20 for children up to 18 and $30 for those competing in the walk. No admission charge at ranches.

Information: E-mail info@applehill.com or visit applehill.com

The name has changed but the event is still exciting, as Apple Blossom Days — formerly known as Apple Blossom Festival — kicks off Saturday, April 27.

There are 13 ranches participating in the fourth annual event. Those ranches include: Boa Vista Orchards, Fudge Factory Farm, Grace Patriot Wines, Lava Cup Winery, Smoky Ridge Charcuterie, Wofford Acres Vineyards, Kids Inc., Fenton Herriott Vineyards, Jack Russell Farm Brewery, Madroña Vineyards, Mill View Ranch, Rapetti Farms and Boeger Winery.

The ranches will be open both days and offer family fun activities. Two of the fun things to do are hayrides at most of the ranches and planting grapes at the new vineyard at Smokey Ridge Charcuterie, which in return will serve lunch to families and individuals who volunteer their time.

“We have grapes right here in our county,” said Lynn Larsen, president of Apple Hill Growers Association.

In addition to various types of apple dishes and recipes, there will be peaches, cherries and various vegetables will be offered to visitors for purchase at most of the ranches.

“It’s not just apples anymore,” said Robyn Delfino, Apple Blossom Days coordinator.

On Saturday, April 27, the Apple Hill Growers Association and Rapetti Farms will host the Apple Blossom Trail Run. The 5K course and 10K run and walk begins and ends at the El Dorado Orchards, 2881 North Canyon Road in Camino.

The age divisions for this year’s run and walk are three youth divisions and seven masters divisions: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Medals will be given to the first, second and third place finishers, male and female in each age division.

The maximum number of people who can participate in the run and walk is 500, Delfino said.

Registration for the run and walk is $40 for adults, $20 for children up to 18 is $25 for those walking. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Hope House of El Dorado County, Delfino said.

Many ranches are offering special discounts to runners who bring in their Apple Blossom Trail run bibs.

To sign up for the 5K or 10K run or for more information about Apple Blossom Days e-mail info@applehill.com or visit applehill.com. A map of all the ranches are listed on the Website.

Larsen anticipates people living in and outside of El Dorado County will visit this year’s event.

“From Nevada to Chico and Fresno, visitors will stop by for a good time and to learn about the many products available.” Larsen said.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or mbush@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

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Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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