The Altered Applefest begins on Friday with a golf excursion | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

by | Sep 8, 2021 | Driving Ranges

The Applefest, which traditionally takes place every fall on the grounds of the Evangelical Catholic Church of St. John in Fenton, will be changed as it was before

Year. The organizers of the church’s largest community fundraiser made the decision months ago in response to ever-changing COVID restrictions that could have resulted in a last-minute cancellation.

Applefest chairmen Ryan and Miriam Sage announced the decision on St. John’s website,, and through community bulletins.

Event organizers and volunteers look forward to 50 Years of Applefest next year, in 2022.

The Sages wrote that the coronavirus pandemic has not only affected the health and well-being of far too many people in the past 16 months, it has messed up the planning of so many events in Michigan, including the Applefest.

The decision to modify Applefest again was not made lightly. The event chairman, volunteer, and corporate sponsor invite you to join Applefest 2021 by supporting the following Applefest events taking place this year:

• Second Annual Ron Lockwood Memorial Golf Outing, September 10th at Coyote Preserve Golf Club, 9218 Preserve Dr., Fenton. The cost is $ 500 per four-person team, including lunch, golf, driving range, drinks menus, and steak dinner. Dinner-only tickets are $ 40 each. On the day of the golf excursion, there is a free children’s golf clinic from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This event is sold out.

There are golf sponsorship opportunities. All proceeds from the event will be donated to continue supporting St. John the Evangelist Church. All sponsors are recognized on the pages and website links associated with St. John and Applefest. A variety of sponsorship opportunities range from $ 250 to $ 5,000.

• Prize draw on September 19th at 6pm at the St. John Activity Center. The grand prize is a three-year lease on a vehicle, pontoon, or $ 12,000 in cash.

• Selling apple pie. Go to to order your apple pies. The cost is two cakes or two chips for $ 25.

• Apple pie auction. Prominent cake makers include Br. Robert Copeland of St. John the Evangelist Church, Fenton Fire Chief Bob Cairnduff and St. John School Rector Andrew Schmit.

As the largest fundraiser the community supports, organizers have set a financial goal of $ 125,000 for 2021.

Fenton Mayor Pro Tem Pat Lockwood, who is also the wife of the late Ron Lockwood and a member of the Applefest committee, said she and her entire family were so grateful that Applefest remembered Ron during the golf trip. She said she was excited to see the event sold out with 36 teams and lots of hole and corporate sponsors.

This year’s Par 3 Challenge will be attended by Kenny Allen, former Fenton Varsity football player and University of Michigan football player / foosball player. He was also a free agent for the Baltimore Ravens.

Lockwood said the committee is very excited about next year and the “Applefest We All Know and Love.” She said the committee appreciates the efforts of everyone who has sold tickets, the golfers and cake makers. “We really appreciate the community for their support.”