By Amy Doeun
On the third Sunday in September each year, the little town of Almelund swells with thousands of visitors for the area’s Apple Festival.
The festival focuses on “sharing history in a fun way.” Many of the events take place around the Amador Heritage Center’s restored buildings. Barns, several log cabins and more show what life was like in the area a 100 or more years ago.
Outside one of the restored cabins were vintage homemaking equipment, or as one sign put it, “the original cords tools.” Examples included a butter churn, water pump and meat slicer. Children could try their hand lifting a hay bale with a pulley system, grinding meat (actually Play-Doh) and washing clothes using a scrub board and wringer.
Animals have always been an integral part of agriculture in the area—4-H has also been an important part of the area. The local 4-H club had a petting zoo and art projects for the younger Festival goers.