Come celebrate Newton’s first outdoor celebration of spring!
The Apple Blossom Festival will take place on Friday, April 25, at Newton Presbyterian Manor. The event will run from 5 to 8 PM on the Manor lawn at 1200 E. Seventh St. in Newton.
“Every local family should consider adding this fun event to their weekend calendar,” said Noelle Dickinson, marketing director. “Children love all the carnival fun planned just for them while their parents and grandparents can relax and enjoy the food, vendors and local entertainers.”
Enjoy a prepared dinner with pork barbecue, potato salad, baked beans and apple pie. Kids’ meal packs will include pork barbecue, hot dog or hamburger with chips, a drink and a cookie. A drive-thru is also available off of the Broadway Apartments entrance for those unable to stay for the evening.
Dinner tickets are $7 in advance for adults and $8 on site. Kids’ meal packs are $3 in advance and $4 the evening of the Festival. Tickets are available at the Manor and Midland National Bank.
The festival also includes live entertainment starting at 4:45 PM with performances by the Midian Shrine Hillbilly Band, the Manor’s on-campus Apple-A-Day Preschool, Presbyterian Manor’s own Senior Players, a readers’ theater troupe, the Newton Community Children’s Choir, the Bethel College Academy Suzuki Strings, the Azteca Dancers, and the Great Plains Jazz Orchestra.
Activities for children will be included in the festival’s KidFest, located on the east lawn. Children can enjoy a new petting zoo with pony rides, a climbing wall, fun cycles, an obstacle course, moonwalk and 18’ slide as well as carnival games and prizes. Children may play all evening with a $4 stamp.
Shopping will be available during the festival. Crafters and local commercial vendors will be selling gifts, jewelry and home décor, and promoting local businesses.
Other festivities included in the spring festival will be a display of antique cars, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a baked goods booth that will sell homemade sweet treats to eat or take home for later.
All proceeds of the Festival will benefit the Good Samaritan Fund, which provides financial assistance for Manor residents who have outlived their personal resources.