16th Annual AppleFest

By Adam Chick

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM EST

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The first sign of fall came in Coopertown this weekend as the 16th annual AppleFest commenced.

The annual AppleFest is expected to bring in close to 5,000 people this weekend.

"The smile that it puts on the kids faces. I just absolutely love it," said Angie Erway.

The festival showcased a bounce-house and face painting for kids.

"It's good fun. It's the same folks showing tractors pretty much every year so it's kind of like a family," said Paula Wengert.

And they'll be happy to show you how to make their famous cider.

A full stack of crushed up apples can yield upwards of 100 gallons of cider.

"My family and I come here every year. It's a great way to kick off the fall season in the Cooperstown area. The Fall tourism season. {cover video} We've got everything from apples, tractors, scarecrows, cider. It's a great event. A great family event," said James Seward.

It isn't just an apple festival, though.

It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Cooperstown Rotary Club.

State Senator James Seward explains why the AppleFest is so good for the community.

"This helps our local economy and local people. When you have an organization like the rotary club sponsoring this tractor fest and apple fest every year it really does help keep our money local. Not only with what's purchased here but helping local charities that do so much," Seward said.

Helping local charities is a bit of an understatement.

The AppleFest brings in about $15,000 per year to local food banks and organizations like the Boy Scouts.

This year they've already met their goal of $20,000 and it's only the first day.

The AppleFest continues until Sunday night.