October 6, 2013

31st Apple Fest Moves Away From Ithaca Commons

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Due to an ongoing, $10-million redesign of the Ithaca Commons, the 31st Annual Apple Harvest Festival took place this weekend not in the Commons itself, but in different locations downtown.

The event, which was coordinated by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, faced more challenges this year than usual because of the construction project in the Commons, according to Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

The Commons renovation, which began in April and is projected to finish in August 2014, will renovate the amenities, furnishings and surfaces of the Commons and rebuild underground utilities, which include water pipes that are over 100 years old, The Sun previously reported. The construction split the Apple Festival into two sections, with the family-oriented side situated in fron

Bryce Evans / Sun ContributorJuggler Nate Marshall performed on the Commons at Apple Fest on Sunday.