Riverside Christian hosts 29th annual Apple Festival in Washougal

All proceeds from pie and pastry sales goes back into area school 

WASHOUGAL — Riverside Christian School (RCS) is getting ready to make some apple pies; but only like 500 of them.

A panoramic view of a past years Apple Festival shows all the vendors and activities at Riverside Christian School. Photo courtesy of Riverside Christian School
A panoramic view of a past years Apple Festival shows all the vendors and activities at Riverside Christian School. Photo courtesy of Riverside Christian School

The 29th annual Apple Festival for Washougal and Camas, will be hosted by Riverside Christian School on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission will be free, and there will be food and activities for all ages.  

“The most amazing thing is that all the money then made from the event goes directly back into our school for supporting classroom technology or other projects throughout the school,” said Connections Coordinator Lindsey Coyle. “So it’s benefiting the kids in Christian education, right in our community.”

The festival is the largest event for the school all year, and this year’s proceeds will go towards financial aid for students and their families. The team will make and sell some 800 apple turnovers and 500 apple pies, not to mention all the over vendors food. 

Several eating contests are part of the festival fun, with many harvest-time treats to try, including apple turnovers. Photo courtesy of Riverside Christian School
Several eating contests are part of the festival fun, with many harvest-time treats to try, including apple turnovers. Photo courtesy of Riverside Christian School

The event is free and has offsite parking at the old bowling alley on Shepard Road and 3rd Avenue with a shuttle service to the school. Tickets can be purchased at the booth outfront, and all vendors games and food is purchased with tickets.

More than 30 vendors will attend the event this year, as well as the Camas-Washougal Fire Department with their firetruck and games and a pony ride for children. 

“We really want to be able to spread the word about our school and let people know,” Coyle said. “Our school has sort of been this hidden treasure in the Camas-Washougal area, and word is now spreading.”

Riverside Christian provides private, christian education to students from Pre-K through eighth grade. With strong STEM focus and project-based learning objectives, RCS works to create a positive and unique learning environment with smaller classes.

The 12-acre campus where the school, church and festival are located is in a rich wildlife area along the Washougal River, and a large component of the schooling includes outdoor education. Outdoor classes and four weeks of winter sports lessons at Timberline are some of the current programs. 

Scholarships are provided for many students who are unable to afford tuition, and through events like the Apple Festival, such efforts are funded, Coyle said. 

“We are really focused on extreme love,” Coyle said. “We’re focused on being grounded in Jesus and really embracing every family that we come in contact with. And so that’s just a really exciting thing for us to be able to connect with so many people in the community and let them know that.”

The event is held outside, rain or shine, and will be for one day only. It is recommended if you would like to purchase apple pies or turnovers, you arrive early since it is common for the festival to sell out fast. For more information on the event and more specific directions, visit the school’s website

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