Newton will celebrate a beautiful spring with family entertainment, food and fun at Apple Blossom Festival 2012.


Newton will celebrate a beautiful spring with family entertainment, food and fun at Apple Blossom Festival 2012. Set for April 27 at Newton Presbyterian Manor, the event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Manor lawn at 1200 E. Seventh.

“Though the festival is a fund-raiser for Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Fund, it’s also a community celebration for all ages,” said Noelle Dickinson, marketing director. “We love that children can safely enjoy activities geared just for them while their parents and grandparents relax nearby, enjoying music and entertainment with a local flavor.”

Dinner is a whole-hog barbecue with potato salad, baked beans, garlic bread and apple pie. Hot dogs, hamburgers and chips are also available. The meal is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Newton, St. Luke Church and The Newton Kansan.

Live entertainment on the Sutherland Stage begins at 5 p.m. with the following local performers:

• 5 p.m. — Schniggle Fritz German Band

• 5:30 p.m. — Presbyterian Manor’s own Apple-A-Day Preschool

• 5:50 p.m. — Newton Community Children’s Chorus

• 6:15 p.m. — Mike Flavin

• 6:35 p.m. — Hearts 4 Him

• 7:10p.m. — Boeing Jazz Band

KidFest, a Festival favorite, will include special activities and fun for children of all ages. Featured this year are the popular petting zoo, moonwalks, giant double slide, 52-foot obstacle course, fun cycles and banana bikes, as well as carnival games and prizes. As a fund-raiser for the Good Samaritan Fund, children may play all evening with a $3 stamp.

Crafters and local commercial vendors will sell gifts, jewelry and home décor, as well as promoting local businesses. Antique cars will be on display, and horse-drawn carriage rides are available for the whole family. A baked goods booth will sell homemade sweet treats to eat or take home for later.

Festival tickets are $7 in advance for adults and $8 on site. Children ages 3 to 10 years old are $3 in advance and $4 the evening of the Festival. Tickets are available at the Midland Bank and Presbyterian Manor.

All proceeds of the festival will benefit the Good Samaritan Fund, which provides financial assistance for Manor residents who have outlived their personal resources. Past Festivals have raised between $12,000 and $20,000 for this cause.

“We want to especially thank our Apple Blossom Festival sponsors,” said Marc Kessinger, executive director. “Their support is what makes this wonderful community event possible.” Premier sponsors of Festival 2012 are First United Presbyterian Church, St. Luke Presbyterian Church, Sutherland Builders, and The Newton Kansan. Major Sponsor is Fugate Enterprises/Taco Bell. General Sponsors are Adrian & Pankratz, PA, Alliance Monitoring Technologies, Central Mechanical Wichita, Good Shepherd Hospice, Knudsen Monroe and Co., Midland National Bank, and Newton Medical Center.