Apple Harvest Day goes virtual
Over the past few months, the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce has seriously evaluated the potential of having the 36th Annual Apple Harvest Day in person. When trying to determine our ability to host the event, we spoke with our vendors, volunteers, local officials, community members, and chamber members to get a sense of participation and concerns surrounding the event. Throughout the discussion, the reoccurring concern for hosting an in-person event was how to properly implement the federal and state safety recommendations given the size and scope of the event.
After careful consideration, The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce has decided to alter the format of this year’s festival to ensure the comfort, and safety for our vendors, volunteers, and participants. The festival will not be happening in its traditional in-person format, but instead, the 36th Annual Apple Harvest Day will be online through a virtual platform.
“Apple Harvest Day at Home” will offer vendors and festival goers the opportunity to experience Apple Harvest Day from the safety and comfort of their own home. This new online format will give vendors and visitors the ability to shop Apple Harvest Day for the entire month of October, rather than just a single day.
In an effort to preserve the authenticity of the event, there will still be live-streamed program on October 3, 2020 featuring events like the “first bite ceremony”. The plan is to give vendors an opportunity during the live stream program to do virtual demonstrations as well. Whether that’s crafting a new pair of earrings, or a call for volunteers for a local non-profit, we are encouraging vendors to think outside the box! In addition to vendor demonstrations, we have plans to include musical performances and virtual attractions like Wildlife Encounters’ live animal program.
Details and updates regarding Apple Harvest Day at Home can be found on their website at www.dovernh.org/ahd.