Apple picking, music picking, food picking and prize picking are just four of the reasons Boyertown Pickfest has had to expand some things into a third day of festivities.
This year the annual festival, which kicks off Friday night with a pig roast, will add music at the downtown main stage on Sunday.
“Usually the music is at Frecon (Orchard) that day,” said Lyn Camella-Rich, an event organizer. “But people wanted to see it downtown, so we will do that this year.”
Sunday's events also will include some food trucks and specials at stores that are open in addition to the music at the Rail Yard Stage beginning at noon with Joel Keely. Other Sunday performers are The Reverends at 1 p.m., The Tin Roof Drifters at 2:30 p.m. and the Whiskeyhickon Boys at 4 p.m.
“We will have some vendors and food trucks downtown that day, too,” she said. “But not to the scale there will be on Saturday.”
Things kick off on Friday night though, with opening ceremonies and the pig roast at the Studio Stage.
“We were really trying to figure out who could open for Vuja De (at 7 p.m.)," Camella-Rich said, "and we found the Boyertown Alumni Ceremonial Band. We are very excited about that.”
She said the group of about 20 musicians are Boyertown grads who still enjoying playing music together.
“They are all alumni of the high school band,” Camella-Rich said. “And what better way to kick off a local event?”
Festivities that evening will continue at The Other Farm at 8:30 with an after-party with the Hoppin' Boxcars.
Saturday entertainment starts at noon and runs through 9 p.m. at several stages throughout downtown Boyertown. Performers are Steve Walker, Joel Keely, Folkenphunk, Pete Kranz, Joseph Trotter, Uncle Jake and the 18 Wheel Gang, Grexin', Cliff Stackonis, Manatawny Creek Ramblers, Chuck Darwin and the Knuckle Draggers, The Barren Wells, Tres Hombres, Jack Murray and the Blue Tarp Wranglers, and Grateful Ted and Friends.
Music can be the backdrop as you shop and visit stores or participate in the scavenger hunt.
Camella-Rich said last year's inaugural scavenger hunt was so successful that it's being repeated with a new twist.
“This year it will focus on agriculture,” she said.
So participants will have to visit local merchants to get the answers to the questions on their game sheets. Prizes are $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place.
“We wanted it to be really family-friendly,” she said. “And this is something a family can do together.”
Many of the merchants are running specials or raffles and several have extra events for Pickfest.
For instance Funky Frets will offer a Uke workshop and jam session, The Peppermint Stick Candy Store will have a live bee exhibit and honey candy, Cheryl's Candy Bouquets will have a Candy Bouquet drawing, Colebrookdale Railroad will be offering special excursions and Deal Me In Games will have a free game tent where participants can play or learn a game while enjoying a free snack.
“You can just relax and play a game,” she said. “They are just doing it for fun.”
Camella-Rich said that the event is presented by VIST Tompkins Bank and sponsored by the merchants of Boyertown and would not grow as it has without their support.
“So many are doing things,” she said. “Even out at Wilcox, if you mention Pickfest you'll get a dollar off their corn mazes, so they are one of our supporters as well.”
And, she said, of course Frecon Orchards will have their U-Pick operating throughout the weekend as they celebrate their 75th anniversary.
“It's a big deal,” she said. “It is such an amazing place and really, you just feel really good when you walk in there.”
In addition to apple, sunflower and pumpkin picking, Frecon Orchards will also have music, concessions and activities for children on Saturday and Sunday.
“Make sure to pick up a map,” Camella-Rich said. “You don't want to miss anything.”