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COMMUNITY CORNER – Fort Riley site of annual Fall Apple Day festival

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | September 22, 2017

     It’s time for the largest annual family-friendly festival on historic Main Post at Fort Riley — Fall Apple Day festival, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. In addition to having fun, this is an opportunity for Fort Riley to share the Army’s story with the public.

     Some of this year’s attractions include demonstrations by the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, helicopter and tank displays, military working dog demonstrations, an ATV rodeo, kid-friendly activities, an entertainment stage and, of course, apple pie sales by the Historical and Archeaological Society of Fort Riley. Legend has it that today’s pies are made using a secret recipe that traces its roots back to Maj. Gen. George Custer’s wife, Libby. And if you love history, don’t miss the antique military vehicles and period reenactors at this year’s event.

     Also on hand this year is the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s 40-foot long, 3,200-gallon aquarium. Everything at the festival is free and open to the public — the only charge is for food from the vendor booths. Parking is free and a shuttle bus will run from Riley’s Conference Center to the festival grounds throughout the day. Pets and alcohol are not permitted at Fall Apple Day festival.

     Visitors who don’t have a Department of Defense ID card will need to stop by the Henry Gate visitor’s center, right off Interstate 70. For more information about visiting Fort Riley, go to www.riley.army.mil and click on the yellow “Accessing Fort Riley” button on the right-hand side of the page.

     Gather up your friends and family and join us for a full day of fun activities and spend some time with your Army!

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