Three days of apples, apple cider, donuts, and plenty of fun get underway in Trumbull County on Friday as the 2023 Hartford Apple Festival takes place for its 59th year.

In addition to rides, games, and food, Hartford Township will host a Queen Contest, parade, 5K race, and a car show at Routes 7 and 305 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Here's what you need to know if you plan to go:

The following roads will be closed during Apple Festival weekend:

Saturday, September 16, 2023:

Hartford Center Access: All roads leading to Hartford Center will be closed from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. This closure is due to the parade scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the parade, please make arrangements to arrive prior to 5:30 PM.

Specific Parade Route Closures (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM):

  • State Route 7 at Drake Stateline Rd
  • State Route 7 at Spencer Clark Rd
  • State Route 305 at Bushnell Campbell Rd
  • State Route 305 at Custer Orangeville Rd
  • Hartford Five Points Rd at Bushnell Campbell Rd

Parade Participants: Those participating in the parade must access the staging area on Hartford Five Points Rd from Bushnell Campbell Rd (not via State Route 7). The westbound lane of Hartford Five Points Rd from State Route 7 will be closed starting at 4:00 PM and will remain closed until the parade concludes.

Sunday, September 17, 2023:

Road Closures (9:00 AM to 11:00 AM):

  • State Route 305 between State Route 7 and Brockway Sharon Rd (Stateline Rd)
  • Custer Orangeville Rd at State Route 305

These closures are in place to accommodate the 5K run event.

Festival Schedule

Friday, September 15, 2023

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Games and Amusements
Food Vendors/Local Church Booths & Scouts
6:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies
Flag Raising by Boy Scout Troop #90
7:00 PM

Queens Ceremony
Crowning of the 59th Anniversary Queen
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Queens Dance
Music by DJ Dale
11:00 PM

Festival Closing

Saturday, September 16, 2023

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Horticulture Registration @ Fire Hall
10:00 AM

Crafters On Grounds
10:00 AM

Pet Parade
11:00 AM

Kids Craft
12:00 PM

Kids Tractor Pull
Horticulture Judging
Flag Raising by Boy Scout Troop #90
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Games and Amusements
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Horticulture Display
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

High 5 The Clown
Magician Show with Balloons
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Line up for the parade
Register at the corner of Bushnell-Campbell & Hartford-Five Points Road (Enter from Rt, 305)
5:30 PM

Rt. 305 & 7 Closed for Parade
6:00 PM

Parade Begins
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Entertainment by Pipe Dreams
11:00 PM

Festival Closing

Sunday, September 17, 2023

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration 5k Run and One Mile Walk
9:00 AM

Run/Walk Starts
10:00 AM

Crafters On Grounds
10:30 AM

Church Service (Non-Denominational)
Pastor MaryAnn Rufener
Pastor Gary Meikle
12:00 PM

Flag Raising by Boy Scout Troop #90
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Games and Amusements
Food Vendors/Local Booths Open
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ty's Tunes
Horticulture Display
1:00 PM

Apple Pie Eating Contest
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

25th Annual Car Cruise-In
Hartford Methodist Church
2:00 PM

Apple Peeling Contest
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Entertainment by Justified
9:00 PM

Festival Closing