Johnny Appleseed Festival begins Friday

Sheffield will come alive this weekend with the 12th edition of the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

Festivities kick off on Friday with the start of the timbersports competition.

Qualifiers start at 10 a.m. with crafter and vendor booths opening at noon in advance of the 1 p.m. opening ceremony.

A cornhole tournament will also highlight Friday.

Registration runs from noon until 4:45 p.m. before the tournament starts at 5 p.m.

Entry for the double-elimination tournament is $20 with first place winning $150, $75 for second and $25 for third.

Anyone looking to pre-register is asked to call (814) 563-1604, (814) 968-3930 or (814) 968-3800.

5 p.m. will also include a sawdust dive for the kids.

The festival picks back up early Saturday with a breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. prepared by the Sheffield Rotary Club at the side entrance toward the playground of the Memorial Park’s concession stand.

Things really come alive at 10 a.m.

The Professional Lumberjack Competition, crafters and food vendors kick off at 10 a.m.

“The festival is proud to welcome back many of the Stihl Series participants such as Nathan Waterfield, Dave Engasser, Chris Henning, Dave Jewett, J.P. Mercier, Mike Eash, Matthew Cogar, Arden Cogar, Jason Lentz and Adam Lassalle,” according to a statement provided to the Times Observer. “Of course the Jills will be back as well including Erin LaVoie, Collin Shepard, Julie Miller, Lindsay Daun, Peg Engasser, and Tracey Henning. The Johnny Appleseed Festival is proud to host the largest Jill Division (female competitors) in the country.

“This year look forward to more head to head competition and of course old favorites like the hot saw and the springboard.”

A draft horse pull returns this year at 11 a.m. with registration starting at 10:30.

A polka band will take the state from noon to p.m. and “in the Sheffield Fire Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the Festival Wine Trail will be taking place once again sponsored by Ace Oneida Lumber Company. This year the wineries that will be present are the Winery at Wilcox, Allegheny Cellars Winery of Sheffield and Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars of DuBois.”

Another sawdust dive is set for 1 p.m. and judging for “the Bob McMillen and Buzz Paris Families Apple Pie Baking Contest will take place with judging beginning at 3 p.m.”

Old Dawg Bluegrass will perform from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a Lanters to Heaven will be lit and released at 7 p.m.

“Call (814) 968-3906 to purchase a lantern in memory or in honor of a loved one,” the statement said. “The cost is $10. End this idyllic day enjoying the spectacular fireworks display immediately following the Lanterns to Heaven.”

Timbersports – starting at 10 a.m. – and a tractor pull highlight Sunday.

“Watch as these athletic men and women showcase their skills and compete for thousands of dollars in prize money,” the statement said.

Registration for the tractor pull starts at 9 a.m. with the pull starting at 11 a.m.

The band “Brokenstraw” will perform from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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