NILES — Seventy vendors and 15 food trucks will arrive on the grounds of the Four Flags Area Apple Festival next weekend to celebrate the spring season.
The second annual Four Flags Area Apple Festival Spring Market begins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
The market will host a variety of vendors, including clothing boutiques, jewelry, home decor, woodworking, local and crafted food, candles, wax melts, personalized tumblers, and household items.
Founded in 1972, the Four Flags Apple Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The annual festival was created as a way to promote the apple harvest. Since its inception, the scope of the festival has become one of the biggest summer events in the region.
Abby Zeider, vice president of the Four Flags Apple Festival, said last year’s Spring Market – created to allow the community to support local vendors after the cancellation of the Apple Festival – was a success and looks forward to looking forward to this year’s edition.
“I love meeting the vendors, these local traders and artisans,” she said. “It’s really fun to meet all these different people and also build the Apple Festival network.”
The market will take place rain or shine, with parking being a $5 donation. No pets are allowed at the event and no weapons will be allowed on festival property as it is owned by Niles Community Schools.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival, the FFAF calls on local talent to design limited edition t-shirts. Accepted file formats include PDF, EPS, JPG, TIFF, and PNG. All designs must be submitted by June 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.