The Tradition Continues

Ruthven Apple Festival

Although many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted we also continue to see continued safety and health concerns with COVID-19. As a result, and after much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to again cancel the live version of the Ruthven Apple Festival, slated for September 24th and 25th. It would be very difficult to put the necessary precautions and safety measures in place to keep our vendors, volunteers, and all festival-goers safe.

Despite this, Community Living Essex County, Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, and the Ruthven Apple Festival Steering Committee are pleased to inform you that we will again be offering this much-loved event online this year.

We are making plans now to continue this family tradition with a virtual, on-line edition this fall that will include many of the familiar and popular elements of the festival such as entertainment, and a virtual Vendors Market. As well, we will be offering our very popular “Apple Fest in a Basket” fundraiser again which has sold out the past two years.

We hope to be back, bigger and better than ever in 2023; but until then please stay tuned and look for more details shortly as we celebrate another virtual Ruthven Apple Festival.

For more information, please contact Tony DeSantis, Manager, Community Relations and Resource Development at 519-776-6483, extension 246 or email at

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