Fort Riley’s Fall Apple Day Festival set for September 30

Fort Riley’s Fall Apple Day Festival returns this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 can get an up-close look at military helicopters, tanks, and other vehicles, watch demonstrations by the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, military working dogs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers, and the 1st Infantry Division combatives team, and enjoy musical performances, kid-friendly activities, and apple pie sales. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Visitors can park at Riley’s Community Center, 446 Seitz Ave., just off Huebner Road. Signs will direct visitors to the nearby festival grounds at Artillery Parade Field. Attractions and demonstrations will be located throughout Historic Main Post, including Artillery Parade Field, Tuttle Park, Sturgis Field, and Cavalry Parade Field. No pets or outside alcohol are allowed at the festival.

Fort Riley’s Survivor Outreach Services will be honoring the fallen with a song and balloon release in front of the main stage at 10 a.m.

Traffic is reduced to one lane on Henry Drive, near Marshall Army Airfield, due to work on the Kansas River bridge. Drivers can expect delays and may want to consider alternate routes.

Visitors to Fort Riley who do not have a DOD ID card can stop by the Visitor Control Center (Exit 301 off I-70) to get a pass or apply online at on the “Accessing Fort Riley” link. The visitor’s center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

A full schedule and map of Fall Apple Day is available on the Fort Riley MWR 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 2020 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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