Fort Riley Fall Apple Day Festival Set For Saturday


The Fall Apple Day Festival returns to Fort Riley from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 21. The festival, which is free and open to the public, is the largest annual event at Fort Riley and serves as the military installation’s open house.

Community members are invited to meet their Army through various attractions including Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard demonstrations, helicopter and tank displays, military working dog demonstrations, an ATV rodeo, kid-friendly activities and apple pie sales from the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley. A number of food and information booths will also be available.

History will abound at the festival with reenactors and military vehicles on display.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of parking at Riley’s Community Center, 446 Seitz Ave., just off Huebner Road. A free shuttle bus will run to and from the festival grounds at Artillery Parade Field throughout the day. No pets or alcohol are allowed at the festival.

Road construction on Henry Drive, which provides access to Fort Riley from I-70, is reduced to one lane, so visitors may want to use the Trooper Drive access control point from Junction City or the Ogden Gate if coming from Manhattan. Those traveling without a DOD ID cardholder can obtain visitor passes at the visitor control center, exit 301 from I-70, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visitor passes can be obtained in advance. Call 785-239-2982 for more information. Department of Defense ID cardholders 18 and older may vouch for up to seven people in a vehicle.

A full schedule and map of Fall Apple Day is available on Fort Riley’s website,

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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