Busti Apple Festival
The Busti Apple Festival is the direct successor to the Busti
Pioneer Crafts Festival, the original craft festival of southwestern
New York. It is held on the last Sunday in September. It runs
11 am to 5 pm on the grounds of the sponsoring Busti Historical
Society, next to the historic Busti Gristmill and museum.
Admission is $3 per adult. Parking is free on the adjoining
Busti Volunteer Fire Department grounds.
- Demonstrations-Pioneer and 19th century life and survival
- Crafts-Sale of hand made handicraft items-private vendors.
- Farmers' market-Sales of locally grown produce-private
- Ready to eat and take home foods-seasonal and down home.
The demonstrations include a wide variety such as spinning
and weaving, quilting, flax breaking, candle making, log hewing,
and soap making.
The craft booths number well over 100. The farmers' market
includes apples, pumpkins, honey, maple products, and vegetables.
The foods include over 600 of the famous pies, cider, the
authentically made apple butter, beef on kümmelweck,
hot dogs, hamburgers, pop, funnel cakes, baked goods and more.
Other features include the live one room school demonstration,
a Civil War reenactment, music and dance demonstrations, antique
and model engines, mill tours, grain milling and much more.
Specific demonstrations and other details are subject to annual
change. The Busti Apple Festival is held rain or shine, handicapped
accessible, children under 12 are free, and all proceeds go
to fund the Busti Mill restoration.
The original Busti Pioneer Crafts Festival was held September
16 and17, 1972, patterned after a festival first held May
22, 1965 in Madison County. The first Busti Apple Festival
was held in 1975.