Apple Fest Drew Big Crowd Saturday

By Ernie Over, WyoToday

The Third Annual Apple Festival sponsored by the Lander Pioneer Museum drew a huge crowd to the museum on Saturday. Numerous events for kids and adults were featured with the highlights being the Best Apple Pie Contest and for the kids, the applesauce eating contest. There was a display of apples grown in the Lander Valley and free apple juice and apple cider were treats for the visitors. 

The Best Apple Pie Contest:


1st – Cindy Hermann

2nd – Cheryl Wise

3rd – Chironne Tossez


1st – Isiah Webb

2nd – CC Velarde

Members of the Lander Valley High School National Honor Society prepared the applesauce for the kids contest, which participants had to use a straw to consume the delicious treat. The crowd for the contest was the largest of the day, with families, friends and the public crowding around the deck of the Thompson House to watch the event. 

Another very popular event was the kids craft fair inside the Livery Stable building, with kids painting, glueing, cutting out images and making their own apple trees. 

Jack States, a local apple orchard grower, was on hand to explain the many varieties of apples grown in the Lander Valley. 

Photos by Ernie Over, WyoTodayMedia

Apple Fest!

Finn Petersen, 11, said it was fun to operate the apple press at Saturday’s Apple Festival in Lander.

Pioneer Museum Curator Randy Wise was the MC for the event

Fear Talksdifferent put his muscles to work at the apple press.

Alex Wise handed out fresh popped popcorn

McGregor told the story of Farmsteam Cider to Tara Brown of Lander.

Ian McGregor of Jackson’s Farmstead Cider handed out samples made from Lander apples to Barbara McMahill and her daughter Isabel.

Lander Orchard Owner Jack States

All about Apples

Cutting and pasting cards

Vaughn Whiteman, 5 and Zachery Oldman, 11 were making apple tree cards

The LVHS Honor Society Students prepared the applesauce for the contest

Who would finish their cup first?

Ready, set, sip!

The event played out in front of a large crowd in front of the Thompson building

The kids craft room was busy all afternoon.

The two smiled at the apple trees they made

The Apple Festival drew a large crowd all afternoon.

it was Braxton Sanders, 3 who finished first in the 5 and under applesauce eating contest.

Nancy Kirtley poured out samples of the fresh squeezed apple juice.