Autumn lovers and apple connoisseurs alike will love Darlington, Maryland's 33rd annual Apple Festival on October 5!

On Saturday, October 5, the small (but charming) village of Darlington, Maryland, will hold its annual Apple Festival for the 33rd year in a row. This volunteer-organized event attracts an average of 55,000 visitors per year. It's proud to be the largest single-day event in Harford County, according to their website

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While attendees will obviously find an abundance of apples, they'll also get to enjoy a variety of craft vendors, food trucks, live music, hayrides, pony rides, a competitive cornhole tournament, and more. For those that pride themselves on their delicious, homemade pies, there's even an apple pie contest!

The two categories include "double crust" and "crumb top," and the top three winners in each category will receive a ribbon. The person celebrated as having baked the most mouthwatering apple pie will receive a plaque, the title of Grand Champion, and bragging rights (of course). For more information on contest rules, visit the events section on www.darlingtonapplefestival.org.

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If you need a break from all the apple-eating, they'll also have a variety of food vendors such as Asian Taste, Fountain Green Concessions, Harford Catering, Kona Ice, and Spready Oak Country Cafe, among others. You and your family can enjoy a hot dog or a BBQ pulled pork sandwich and then finish off your lunch with an amazing apple pie or sweet apple dumplings. 

This family-friendly festival is FREE and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in northeastern Harford County along Shuresville Road in Darlington.

You can find parking and shuttle service in the following locations: Chesapeake Harley-Davidson, the Darlington Fire House, and the field across from the High's Gas Station

For a visual, check out their map below:

map of darlington apple festival

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For more information, check out the event's website.

Have you been to this delicious-sounding festival before? What did you think? What other fall festivals are you planning on taking your family to this year? Let us know in the comments!