Thanksgiving Weekend includes Apple Day time at The Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A highlight of the Apple Day event will be the apple pie baking contest. There will be awards for single entries, baked with pastry and apples on a round returnable plates and dropped off at the The Grist Mill kitchen before 1:30 p.m. October 9.
Apple pie tasting is at 2 p.m. with local judges. After that, the pies go on sale in a fundraiser for The Grist Mill Heritage Club.
Early on in the day, old time music by the Sehnsations liven up the scene with familiar dance tunes of yesteryear.
At mid-day, Jon Bartlett and Rika Reubsaat will offer songs and poems from their colorful new treatise on settler verse from B.C.’s Similkameen Valley titled Dead Horse on The Tulameen.
Through early afternoon the Summerland duo of Ernie Sykes and Jack Sevy who are Apple Day regulars bring the folk music tradition of Hot Apple Pie.
The Similkameen Senior Singers will render some favorites in chorus mid-afternoon.
Food includes traditional oven-baked pork and beans with fresh bread from the Grist Mill Kitchen and hamburgers and smokies with the trimmings from the grill.
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. there will be old time children’s games wrapping up with the apple race from the mill to the bridge.
The mill and grounds will be open until Monday October 10th. Everyday admission is $5, seniors and students $4, under 12’s free.