The 44th annual AppleJack Festival is underway in Nebraska City, celebrating the fruit that used in everything from baking to bobbing.
The festival began Friday and features a car show, arts and crafts fairs, a pancake feed, parade, petting zoo, plenty of food vendors and apple picking.
Apple season normally runs through late October, although an early start to spring this year has the harvest wrapping up sooner than usual. Almost two dozen varieties are harvested in the state.
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 vehicles with the savory fruit for making cider, covering with caramel, baking pies or just eating as a snack.
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