AppleJack Festival under way in southeastern Nebraska; crafts, apple-picking among events

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NEBRASKA CITY, Nebraska — The annual AppleJack Festival is underway in southeastern Nebraska, kicking off another fall season in the state.

The festival began Friday in Nebraska City with a street carnival, antiques and quilt shows and a food court. Saturday will usher in a 5K race, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts fairs, parade and apple picking. The festival wraps up Sunday.

As many as 80,000 people are expected to descend on the southeastern Nebraska city of nearly 7,300 for the festival.

Apples have been grown in Nebraska since the 1800s. Nebraska City is the apple capital of the state, with its orchards attracting day-trippers eager to load up their cars with the savory fruit for making cider, covering with caramel, baking pies or just eating as a snack.

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