Monday, September 22, 2008

Applejack Weekend

We live about 20 minutes away from Nebraska City- home of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day. And while Arbor Day helped make Nebraska City famous, the bigger event is Applejack, which is held every September.

Around 20,000 people flock to this town that normally has a population of 7,000. Driving around is a little crazy, to say the least. Saturday afternoon, we decided to brave the crowds. We first stopped at Kimmel Orchard, they had some hands on displays of craftmanship from the olden days. The kids got to help dry scrape fur from a hide.

We walked around for a bit and thought about buying some cider, but the lines were too long. So then we headed out to Pumpkin Ridge. The view was worth the drive out.

So was the kettle corn.

We also had fun at their little petting zoo. These little goats were only 5 days old.

Genna was thrilled to ride a pony, even if it was just around in a circle.

Sunday, Grandma & Grandpa Koski came down and went to church with us- we love to have them come! It is only a few short weeks before they fly south for the winter. They had a fun surprise in their van for the kids. Aren't those pumpkins huge?

Check out this tomato my Mom grew. She definitely has a green thumb.

We then went over to the park for a quick picnic. It was a gorgeous day and we were so happy to be able to spend a little more time with them.


Andrea said...

Fun times! Love the pumpkins.

Kristi said...

You do the funnest things. Seriously, I love hearing about your many outings. :)

Carin said...

Sounds like a blast!

Freer Family said...

What a fun outting-I love kettle corn too, mmmm. Love the huge pumpkins.
Looks like a nice Sunday with your folks.

Lorilee said...

Those pumpkins are huge! What a fun surprise!! I'll call you soon.

At Home In Georgia said...

I would like to lay on a blanket looking at that view eating as much kettlecorn as I wanted.

Those pumpkins are HUGE...lots of yummy seeds maybe.