With the hard cider flowing, the bounce house full of kids and all hands on deck at the cider press, Morrison's annual Ciderfest was in full swing on Sept. 25. It turns out that 2021 is the perfect …
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With the hard cider flowing, the bounce house full of kids and all hands on deck at the cider press, Morrison's annual Ciderfest was in full swing on Sept. 25.
It turns out that 2021 is the perfect year for apple related activities as this season yielded a bumper crop of apples, according to Jamee Chambers, who is better known as Apple Annie at Ciderfest.
“Once a year, on this day, I become Apple Annie,” she laughed.
Apple Annie is not new to the festival. In fact, this is her 32nd year taking on the role. She calls the cider press “the community press” as she sees great value in what this activity can do for the community.
When she was first deciding to bring the cider press to the grounds of Bear Creek Care and Rehab for the festival years ago, she decided it was a great way for older residents to meet new residents.
Her plan can still be seen in action at this year's Ciderfest. People of all ages gather around the press to try their hand at turning the wheel, dropping apples in, and watching the magic happen. And of course, waiting their turn for a taste.
The cider press isn't the only attraction at Ciderfest. Another popular event is the hard-cider tasting. With three Colorado cideries providing three unique flavors each, there are plenty of options for expanding the palate.
Sam Reiser, president elect of South Jeffco Rotary, worked at the Wild Cider tasting table, handing out samples of their three flavors. He explained how Rotary was involved.
“We partnered with several cideries to provide a tasting and fundraise for the Rotary Club,” he said.
The three ciders at Reiser's table were “Brut `n Boujee,” “Agave Peach” and “Lady in Red.” Reiser said the “Brut `n Boujee” flavor was the most complex, but “Agave Peach” was easiest to drink.
People sat sipping all different flavors of cider throughout the afternoon as Rotary members cracked open cans and poured out more for thirsty event goers. There were many vendor tents at the event selling local and handmade products, and activity tents for kids to do crafts and other fall activities.
Lynea Tremewan, a mom who came to Ciderfest with her husband and daughter, was enjoying the warm day and watching her daughter play.
“We came to bring my daughter to enjoy the music and bounce castle,” she said.
Tremewan and her husband said they most enjoyed the cider press, but they thought their daughter, Londyn, definitely favored the bounce house. Tremewan said she thought the festival was unique due to its small-town nature that attracted a good crowd. She also thought it was a great community event.
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