Tuesday, October 2, 2001
POLK COUNTY -- Making apple cider the old-fashioned way will be the main attraction during the annual Apple Festival at the Brunk House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
There will also be tours of the house, grounds and other farm buildings.
There is an herb garden, heritage rose garden, grape arbor, vegetable garden, large and small farm equipment buildings and a granary to visit.
There will also be a chance to buy apple desserts and farm produce grown by Polk County Master Gardeners.
Harrison and Emily Brunk came to Polk County along the Oregon Trail in 1849 with two wagons. They eventually had 12 children and 1,100 acres.
The present house was built in 1861 and houses many original Brunk family items.
Harrison's grandson, Earl Brunk, left the home and about one acres of property to the Polk County Historical Society when he died in the 1970s.
The house has been open for public tours on special occasions and by appointment since renovations were completed by society members.
Apples used for cider during the annual Apple Festival come from trees on the property.
Some pears from Grandma Brunk's pear tree will also be available for sale, as will remaining yard sale items.
More information is available by calling Jo Ann King at 503-838-6603.