SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP — Apples flew 50 to 100 yards through the air on Saturday morning during the Brant’s Apple Orchard Fall Festival.

Families worked together to create the perfect angle for the apple launch leaning back to the ground and letting go and watching the apple catapult toward three large wooden targets.

“I think it brings the kid out of the adults,” said Joe Swantek, a brother of orchard co-owner Jennifer Diehl. He said he comes up from his home in Canfield to help put on the festival.

Becca Vojacek, of North Perry, leaned back to the ground with sons Diesel, 9, and Axel, 4, preparing to launch an apple. She said the event was “awesome.”

Diehl said the event is free to the public but tickets for hayrides, games and other activities are purchased with proceeds going to a scholarship fund. The festival also included a 5k run that also will help provide scholarships for Ashtabula County students, she said.

The fall festival started five years ago and proceeds have already been used to provide seven Ashtabula County students with college scholarships. She said the high schools where the students attended included Pymatuning Valley, Jefferson and Geneva.

The event continues today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hay rides, games and a bounce house.

Visitors from Pennsylvania and North Perry were among the many people who attended the event.

“We have family from Hermitage and we are taking them on a tour of Ashtabula County and this is our first stop,” said Charlotte Roberts of Saybrook Township.

“We read about the place on Facebook. It’s awesome. There is a lot stuff to do,” said Kenny Anderson of Willowick. 

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