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APPLE FESTIVAL DRAWS 10,000 TO SMALL HAMLET

An estimated 10,000 people poured into the small hamlet of Busti on Sunday for the annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival.

Billed as the oldest craft fair in the region, the event is put on each year by the Busti Historical Society.

Winston Frankson, festival chairman, said the organization has focused on raising money to restore the historic Busti Mill but also hopes to add a pioneer village.

"We are trying to get a village built across the road," Frankson said.

"It would include a blacksmith shop, a tin shop, and show people how things were done in the good old days. It will take time and money, but our main thing right now is the mill."

The Busti Historical Society already schedules some teaching days for schoolchildren each year.

"We have fourth-graders come in for a hands-on day, and we show them how things were done long ago. But what always tickles me is they ask, 'What did they do for entertainment?' and we tell them you didn't have time to worry about that. By the time you got your work and studies done, you just went to bed," he added.

Sunday's festival featured 125 craft booths, pioneer demonstrations, a Civil War re-enactment group and lots of apples and apple products.

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