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Penoach Winery holds annual Apple Festival

The annual “Apple Festival” was held at Penoach Vineyard and Winery at Adel on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival featured over 20 vendors, including live music, grilled foods, crafts and tractor rides.


The event is one of the largest, according to co-owner Joanie Olson.

“This is probably our eighth annual,” said Joanie Olson of Penoach Vineyard Winery. “We have 22 vendors, all different kinds of crafts and foods. We have a tractor and wagon rides, we have a face-painter, a balloon artist, and we give samples of wine.

“We have this in the fall and then we have a pottery festival in the spring in May – these are our two biggest events.”

Spectators could purchase special apple-flavored beverages, ranging from an applerita slushie to hot apple wine. Visitors got the chance to sample several types of wine as well as purchase a bottle accompanied by an ice bucket during the visit.

Many first-time vendors made an appearance at the day-long festival.

Chris Dengler from Chris’ Custom Bakery brought her booth to the event for the first time. Dengler’s booth featured handmade kitchen accessories, cookies, bars, and various treats.

“In June, they called and asked if I wanted to come,” said Owner of Chris’s Custom Bakery, Chris Dengler. “I’ve been to a bunch of different markets like wholesale; I do craft fairs and different farmers markets.”

Nature Photographer, Kris A. Chelf, sold photos at the event. Chelf, Council Bluffs residents, originally visited the winery during an anniversary trip which started in Dallas Center.

“We did wine-tasting and the owner said you should think about going to Apple Fest, and that’s how we ended up here,” said Rita Chelf. “It’s a blast – a lot of fun.”

Chelf has been published in Birds and Blooms magazine for his wildlife photography. The couple brought pieces of his work to showcase at the event.

“We knew of the winery and so we came over for a tasting and saw that they had events,” Rita Chelf said.

Other booths at the event ranges from cheese vendors, face-painters, popcorn sellers, maple syrup producers, and many more.

Dallas County Orchards was not only one of the vendors for Penoach’s Apple Fest, they were also the supplier of all of the apples.

The orchard, located in Dallas Center, is operated by Jake Richhart, A Jay Winter and Anne Winter.

At the festival, Richhart and A Jay Winter were teaching visitors how they juice their apples for apple cider or wine.

The first step was to grind up the apples in a small hand-cranked machine, once the five-gallon bucket was full, the apples would go into a bigger machine. The second machine was also hand-cranked, this machine would smash the ground up apples until every last drop of juice was gone.

On the juicer, it would take several pounds of apples and several trips from the grinder before a five-gallon bucket would be filled.

Although the orchard has been up-and-running for 12 years now, the Richharts and the Winters call this a “4:30 job,” according to A Jay. In other words, they all have full-time jobs as well.

Not only does Dallas County Orchards sell their apples to Penoach to make wine, they supply apples to the Perry and Dallas Center-Grimes High Schools and have supplied apples to the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School in past years.

The Apple Fest went from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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Penoach Winery holds annual Apple Festival

The annual “Apple Festival” was held at Penoach Vineyard and Winery at Adel on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival featured over 20 vendors, including live music, grilled foods, crafts and tractor rides.


The event is one of the largest, according to co-owner Joanie Olson.

“This is probably our eighth annual,” said Joanie Olson of Penoach Vineyard Winery. “We have 22 vendors, all different kinds of crafts and foods. We have a tractor and wagon rides, we have a face-painter, a balloon artist, and we give samples of wine.

“We have this in the fall and then we have a pottery festival in the spring in May – these are our two biggest events.”

Spectators could purchase special apple-flavored beverages, ranging from an applerita slushie to hot apple wine. Visitors got the chance to sample several types of wine as well as purchase a bottle accompanied by an ice bucket during the visit.

Many first-time vendors made an appearance at the day-long festival.

Chris Dengler from Chris’ Custom Bakery brought her booth to the event for the first time. Dengler’s booth featured handmade kitchen accessories, cookies, bars, and various treats.

“In June, they called and asked if I wanted to come,” said Owner of Chris’s Custom Bakery, Chris Dengler. “I’ve been to a bunch of different markets like wholesale; I do craft fairs and different farmers markets.”

Nature Photographer, Kris A. Chelf, sold photos at the event. Chelf, Council Bluffs residents, originally visited the winery during an anniversary trip which started in Dallas Center.

“We did wine-tasting and the owner said you should think about going to Apple Fest, and that’s how we ended up here,” said Rita Chelf. “It’s a blast – a lot of fun.”

Chelf has been published in Birds and Blooms magazine for his wildlife photography. The couple brought pieces of his work to showcase at the event.

“We knew of the winery and so we came over for a tasting and saw that they had events,” Rita Chelf said.

Other booths at the event ranges from cheese vendors, face-painters, popcorn sellers, maple syrup producers, and many more.

Dallas County Orchards was not only one of the vendors for Penoach’s Apple Fest, they were also the supplier of all of the apples.

The orchard, located in Dallas Center, is operated by Jake Richhart, A Jay Winter and Anne Winter.

At the festival, Richhart and A Jay Winter were teaching visitors how they juice their apples for apple cider or wine.

The first step was to grind up the apples in a small hand-cranked machine, once the five-gallon bucket was full, the apples would go into a bigger machine. The second machine was also hand-cranked, this machine would smash the ground up apples until every last drop of juice was gone.

On the juicer, it would take several pounds of apples and several trips from the grinder before a five-gallon bucket would be filled.

Although the orchard has been up-and-running for 12 years now, the Richharts and the Winters call this a “4:30 job,” according to A Jay. In other words, they all have full-time jobs as well.

Not only does Dallas County Orchards sell their apples to Penoach to make wine, they supply apples to the Perry and Dallas Center-Grimes High Schools and have supplied apples to the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School in past years.

The Apple Fest went from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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