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Apple Festival offers bushels of fun
Organizers: Pictured (front row): Judy Carter, Edna Brown, Theresa Hyatt, Evelyn Roberts, Helen Bryan and Kathie Murphy. (Back row): Donna Finney, Shirley Romblad, Lil Shurtleff and Wynde Woods. - photo by Photo provided.
Fall has arrived and thoughts turn to various outdoors activities. Festivals are a very popular activity at this time of year. Some of the biggest attractions are festivals hosted at some of the churches and schools.

Apple Festival

Members of the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church of Hinesville sponsor two festivals annually. In the spring, they have the Strawberry Festival, and in the fall they showcase their Apple Festival.
This year, the Apple Festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 on the church’s grounds. The chairwoman is Theresa Hyatt.
“This is my first time as chairperson,” she said. “We always have a good time. The festival is a time of fellowship and relaxation. We have different committee in place to ensure the festival is well organized and successful. Different ladies are in charge for each piece of the puzzle.”
The apples for the festival come from Poppell’s in Jesup, and plenty of bags of the delectable and natural treats will be on sale.  
Additionally, Hyatt said, “Cooks will be grilling hotdogs and bratwurst, and we will have homemade sauerkraut.”
Baked goods, home made vanilla ice cream, caramel apples, and apple dump cake will also be available.  
The youth group will be responsible for organizing the games, and children will receive prizes.
“We will also have popcorn and snow cones. A table for holiday decorations (i.e., Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) will be set up. Used books will be on sale, as well as items on the white elephant table,” she said.  
Every year, about 500 people attend the festival. Father Will Carter (pastor of St. Philip’s) and members of the congregation are expecting an even larger crowd this year and urges attendance by the community.  
“The majority of the proceeds from the festival go towards our doll ministry. We make dolls and take them to the hospital for children,” Hyatt said. “I have been a part of the festival for the 10 years we have been attending St Philip’s.”
Hyatt’s husband is a military retiree, and they hail from Ohio.
Besides working with the Apple Festival, Hyatt is also the editor of the church’s newsletter that’s published every six weeks. She also shares responsibility as the treasurer.
St Philip’s is described as a family church.
“We are one big family. Our church does three major fundraisers during the year. We have the Strawberry Festival, Apple Festival, and a large yard sale,” Hyatt said. “We plan to have a good time and invite everyone to come out and enjoy the day and the various activities that are planned.”
Tables and chairs will be available for anyone who desires to sit and enjoy their meal while they fellowship. 
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