Tuesday, September 1, Conner Prairie’s Apple Store will open to the public and offer the first hand-dipped caramel apples of 2009. They’ll also sell apple slushies, apple donuts, apple cider, and a wide variety of bag-your-own Indiana apples. The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..
The store has been a fall favorite for 18 years, and is operated by the Conner Prairie Alliance, a nonprofit women’s volunteer organization. Since the CPA started 24 years ago, these hard-working women have raised over $1 million for Conner Prairie’s educational programs, and they donate approximately 18,000 volunteer hours each year. Last year, they dipped more than 11,000 caramel apples at the Apple Store.
The Apple Store has been a Conner Prairie fixture since 1991, when it started as an apple stand in an old pole barn. It now has its own freestanding building (also a result of the CPA’s fundraising efforts). More than 70 women will volunteer at the store this year, filling over 175 shifts, working nearly 1,200 hours to keep the store running.
This year, they will also sell handmade fire pit pokers crafted by Conner Prairie blacksmiths, unique Amish goods, gourmet dog treats, and other items.
The Apple Store will be open Sept. 1 – Nov. 1, Tuesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission to Conner Prairie is not required to visit the Apple Store.
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