MapMuse Announces Release of 2012 Apple Festival Locator

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Free Web Map Connects Families with Hundreds of Apple Festivals Across the Country

A screenshot from the 2012 Apple Festival Locator map.

A screenshot from the 2012 Apple Festival Locator map.

Few people realize that apples grow in all parts of the country, and wherever apples are grown, festivals are sure to follow.

MapMuse today announced the release of the 2012 Apple Festival Locator map, a free web guide to attending Apple Festivals across the United States this fall season. With 167 celebrations and counting, the map is by far the most comprehensive guide of apple festivals on the web.

"Few people realize that apples grow in all parts of the country" says Mike Pilon, owner of MapMuse. "And wherever apples are grown, festivals are sure to follow.” For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, apple festivals are typically held to exhibit local orchards’ seasonal pickings. In addition to sampling fresh apples, festival-goers can try a variety of apple products such as cider and pie, as well as partake in live demonstrations, contests, and games. The majority of attendees are families with young children, as the myriad activities and treats can easily entertain for a whole day.

The purpose of the 2012 Apple Festival Locator is to publicize these events and to connect potential festival-goers with the people organizing them. Each festival is given a dedicated profile page with helpful information such as dates and times, background details, contact information, and web links. Once a user locates an event they’d like to attend, they can get driving directions there from any location. “The goal of the Locator is to make it as easy as possible for people to learn about and then get to the festivals,” says Pilon. “We think it gets the job done.”

Each festival’s data has been manually culled by MapMuse staff members, who strive to ensure that everything is accurate and up to date. “The last thing we want is for a crowd to show up at an empty parking lot expecting a festival,” says Pilon. Festival organizers have also played a role in refining the data, as good and accurate web publicity helps maximize attendance. But anyone can suggest changes to the map with a click of button, as well as share photos and reviews with the rest of the user base. “We’ve built more than just a simple directory of apple festivals,” says Pilon. “It’s an online community and photo-sharing platform too.”

MapMuse, a small internet and app development company based in Reston, VA, develops web guides for dozens of seasonal festivals and event. This fall, they’ll be releasing locator maps for Oktoberfests in America and Pumpkin Festivals. For more information on MapMuse, please refer to their website at mapmuse.com.

To view the 2012 Apple Festival Locator, please visit mapmuse.com/apples.

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