If the cool, crisp autumn air gives you a hankering for tasty apple treats, then Lisbon is the place to be this weekend.
The 43rd Johnny Appleseed Festival starts Saturday in downtown Lisbon and this year will offer even more appetite-pleasing choices with 42 food vendors, instead of the usual 35.
The festival's boundaries have also been extended farther along South Market and Washington streets to accommodate the extra food booths and attractions.
The quilt show has been moved to the newly renovated PL&E train station on South Market Street and the photography contest has grown so large that it will be displayed in a tent of its own instead of in the windows of downtown merchants.
The festival kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday with a 5K run sponsored by the Morning Journal and the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce, followed by the grand parade at 11 a.m.
The fun continues through 8 p.m. Sunday with a car cruise, live entertainment and a pie baking contest as just a few of the featured events.
Sunday's main events include a biker's cruise in, a performance by the Lisbon Community Chorus and a "Ducky Race."
A group of elderly members of the Yellow Creek Grange, who had said last year would be their last for stirring up a batch of apple butter at the festival, have decided to do it again this year, even though many of them are now in their 90s. So they'll have jars of that heavenly spread available for sale again.
And, if apple butter doesn't appease your apple pickin' cravings, there are always, apple dumplings, apple pie, apple fritters and apple ice cream available throughout the festival to get your mouth watering. And, of course, the First United Methodist Church will offer its delicious barbecued chicken dinners.
It's an apple lover's dream, but in addition to the fruity delicacies, the festival offers something for everyone, young and old alike.