Locals gathered at the Fourth Annual Homegrown Apple Days Festival on Sunday to enjoy beautiful weather, live music and, of course, lots and lots of apples.
This year, about 3,000 apples were picked for the festival, said Darrin Parmenter, Colorado State University Extension director in Durango.
Volunteers found apples for the event Saturday from about 500 trees, all within 10 miles of Durango, Parmenter said.
Fort Lewis College students from the Environmental Center and a social change and Human Services class worked with volunteers from the Colorado Master Gardener program to help with the picking.
Adrienne Smith, a volunteer from the Master Gardener program, helped run a testing table, where attendees tried 15 varieties of apples, many of which are not commercially available, she said.
The most popular types Sunday were the Swiss gourmet and honey crisp, Smith said.
Attendees are invited to work with volunteers to press apple juice, which is sold to help support the event each year.
The cider is so delicious because they combine all of the different types of apples, Smith said.
Its some of the best cider Ive ever had, she said.
Next to the tasting table, high school seniors Chantel Campbell and Sadie Yates sold pies to raise money to participate in La Plata County 4-H livestock judging.
Campbell and Yates spent hours making 350 small pies and 200 large pies from scratch so they could raise money to judge events around Colorado and Texas, Campbell said.
Its a really great program, she said.
There was plenty to do, with two performances by students from the Stillwater Foundation, dancing, music by Robby Overfield and the ever-popular pie-eating contest.
The free family event, put on by a network of volunteers and local sponsors, offered kids entertainment, too.
Katie Gustin, a freshman at FLC, helped with the kids zone, where they made apple bracelets and wands, competed in sack races, bobbed for apples and had their faces painted.
This year was Gustins first time at the event, but she promised shed be back for more cider and fun in the future.
Its my first year, and I really like it. Ill be back next year, she said.