Wal Scheuner looked resplendent in green, the king and queen of green roamed the grounds and apples were the toast of the town as Tallong turned on its annual Apple Day Festival.
Brilliant sunshine greeted thousands of visitors from the region and beyond on Sunday as they flocked to the popular event at the village hall and grounds.
Mayor Bob Kirk, Goulburn MP Pru Goward, Dean Beltrame and Angus Shedden and Sharon Makim from Boral were on hand for the opening ceremony, which included a blessing by The Reverend Jeremy Tonks.
Then it was down to business. Mr Scheuner took control of the hungry hordes in the apple pie eating competition, while the bake-off was keenly contested. Inside the hall, Hyatt Canberra executive chef Nitin Kumar and sous chef Shaji Veetil kept taste buds tantalised with cooking demonstrations.
There was woodchopping, medieval demonstrations, a puppet show, snake and reptile show, a petting zoo, a ‘King and Queen of Green’ enviro show, whip cracking, rides, car shows, face-painting, a bevy of stalls, music and much more.
Marulan CWA members served up apple pie and cream to patrons, while elsewhere, Marulan Lions staged a barbecue. Children munched on toffee apples, in fact, apples of every kind as they took in the fun.
The event is a fundraiser for the town and celebrates the area’s rich apple history. It is now in its 13th year.