Jackson County Apple Festival

Jackson. Not the one you’re probably thinking of…What can I say? It is a quiet little country town in Southern Ohio that is known for a large population of Welsh immigrants, Major John Wesley Powell (a particular interest of mine; this book is definitely worth a read), inspiration for a comic strip and of course, the Jackson County Apple Festival, which nods to the town lore around Johnny Appleseed (legend has it that Johnny Appleseed planted the first apple trees here around 1800).

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The iconic Jackson water tower is one of only a few food-based water towers in the country

The iconic Jackson water tower is one of only a few food-based water towers in the country

The festival grounds sprawl along the city streets for this special community event

The festival grounds sprawl along the city streets for this special community event

The Jackson Chamber of Commerce conceived the Jackson County Apple Festival in 1937 and the first one was held that year from October 6-9. The festival, like many other fall festivals around the country, celebrates local agriculture, hosts a baby and pet parade, and even crowns an annual Apple Festival Queen and Court.

A celebration of apples in their daily life reminds the town of its roots

A celebration of apples in their daily life reminds the town of its roots

The purpose of the festival, according to the founders, was to celebrate one of Jackson County’s leading apple cultivation as well as bring together citizens of the community and offer an opportunity for former residents to come to the area for visits. I guess I’m evidence then that the festival is still fulfilling its founder’s mission.

Jackson is a beautiful city from which to take aerial photos, a perfect example of the treasure waiting to be found in our own backyards. I especially love this shot of the Jackson War Memorial, it feels extra special when viewed from the eye of the heavens.

Jackson is a beautiful city from which to take aerial photos, a perfect example of the treasure waiting to be found in our own backyards. I especially love this shot of the Jackson War Memorial, it feels extra special when viewed from the eye of the heavens.

This year I had the extra special opportunity to display a few of my favorite Jackson photos for the arts week that corresponds with the fall festival. It was a lot of fun to be part of the show, thanks to all of you who came to see my work in person! and, if you missed out on the fun, you can find some of my favorite Jackson prints right here on our website. The Apple Festival is one of my favorite times of year, not only because of the great food and fan-fare, (I know Corina will be bugging me all year long about the fabulous spicy apple jelly I forgot to pick up from the festival—definitely worth a try, it’s made with red hots candy—sorry babe, there’s always next year!), but because of the great closeness it draws from the community. The Festival brings together many generations of family and neighbors who may be very different but who share the same great love of their little corner of the world. I’m glad I was able to share this closeness with you, however so briefly.

Of course I also took some time to visit some of my favorite local nature haunts…and found a few more, so I couldn’t help but share those with you as well. Some shots—the sun setting over the Mound Field, the swirl of yellow green from Chilicothe Pike and the unique texture of the nearby forest landscape really just captured my attention. I hope they capture yours as well, and if you see something you like, I’m always happy to customize photos for printing and even can swing by your place to shoot some custom aerial photos in your backyard. Please get in touch and see what we can do to change your perspective on your world.