Cider Days Festival kicks off the fall season

TOPEKA (KSNT) — If you’re looking for old-fashioned entertainment this weekend dive by the Cider Days Festival.

This Topeka festival is 34-years-old, and its traditions are even older.

But no matter how old it gets, it still just as sweet as apple cider.

The cider days festival draws thousands of visitors each year, some different, and some familiar. But whatever the reason, whether it’s music or arts and crafts, there’s something for everyone.

“I’m visiting here because it’s actually my first time and it’s really fun here seeing all the different animals and meeting new people,” says cider lover, Jade Ruiz.

What keeps bringing people back? To some people like Michael Walker and Randy Stone, it’s tradition.

For the last two festivals Walker and Stone have mashed a total 440 bushels of apples.

“Now the method to making the cider hasn’t changed a whole lot. To make it, they actually use these 1865 buckeye cider presses.”

But cider may not be the most popular thing this year.

“It seems like a mile long people going for funnel cakes,” a little girl tells KSNT News.

So maybe while some things change, some things stay the same.

If you missed Saturday’s events, the festival continues Sunday.

We’ll have more of our KSNT News team at the festival, so come say hi!

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