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2nd Annual Community Apple Juicing Day Fall Festival

  • The 1883 Water Works 2005 N. Overland Trail Fort Collins (map)

Poudre Landmarks Foundation and The Friends of the 1883 Water Works are pleased to announce the return of the “Community Apple Juicing Day and Fall Festival”. The 2nd annual event sees PLF team up with Scrumpy’s Cider to once again provide convenient bulk apple juicing in a fun environment. Community members are encouraged to bring their own backyard apples (fresh only, no groundfall) to press in Scrumpy’s large mobile juicing trailer. The apples are pressed, pasteurized, and packaged before guests’ eyes. Juicing price is $10 for a 5-liter box of fresh cider - growers that bring 2 bushels will receive a free box. Hard cider makers with their own containers may sign a waiver to get their juice unpasteurized.

The event is free and open to the public (no apples necessary). There will be plenty of fresh and hard ciders available for purchase! Food for the event will be provided by Vern’s. Water Works tours are offered, and the City of Fort Collins Forestry Department will be on hand to answer questions about fruit tree pests and pruning.

About the 1883 Water Works Built in 1882–1883, Fort Collins’ first public works project includes 23 acres, four buildings, and two historic irrigation ditches. This fascinating historical site is being transformed into an interpretive center for visitors to learn about the history of water development and use in Fort Collins. Tour guides offer insights into the architecture and construction of the buildings as well as the engineering of the turbines, pumps, and filter system. A nearly century-old orchard on the site features several early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of Larimer County’s largest cottonwood trees is located at the Water Works. During tour season, the Water Works makes a great scenic stop for bicyclists enjoying the community’s many bike trails.

Proceeds from the events support the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. For more information, email, call (970) 221-0533, or visit

Earlier Event: September 14
Water Works Open House
Later Event: October 12
Water Works Open House