Apple Election for Kids Highlights Oct 6 Winchester VA Agricultural Event

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Winchester Book Gallery Joins Frederick County Farm Bureau for an all day Main Street Celebration of local agriculture, family fun for kids of all ages and good "Home Cookin'"

From coast to coast "The Caramel Apple" mock election is gaining momentum as more and more teachers and youth leaders are planning this fun civics lesson for their own K-5 kids this fall.

While Mom and Dad are focused on electing senators, representatives and a new president, their youngsters can learn about voting in a fun and non-political activity with a healthy treat -- and even get their own "I Voted" sticker!

The event comes to Winchester on Saturday October 6 when Caramel Apple Election author Vanessa Purdom will be signing books and hosting a Caramel Apple Election from 10 a.m. to noon at Winchester Book Gallery, 185 North Loudoun Street at the north end of the Westchester Old Town Walking Mall.

The Caramel Apple Election ties in perfectly with Winchester's Main Street Agricultural event planned the same day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Old Town Winchester. Virginia Farm Bureau's Dee Cook explains that this is the first of many Main Street Agriculture events the Farm Bureau is planning with the goal of "re-acquainting Main Street with local agriculture. This is a launch for what we hope will be a statewide event next year."

A local apple orchard will be providing the apples as the kids vote whether "red" or "green" apples make the best caramel apple in The Caramel Apple Election.

Farmers and vendors will provide local foods, educational displays and activities for children, cooking demonstrations, advice for gardeners and live animals. The George Washington hotel will host a wine garden from 4-6 p.m.

The Caramel Apple Election" is a full color, fully illustrated 8.5" x 11" book that tells a charming story that pits "red apples" against "green apples" in a contest to see which apple makes the best caramel apple.

The book is a guide for teachers, youth leaders and home schoolers at the elementary education grade level to hold a mock election that teaches the kids all about voting and for everyone involved to have a great time. Author Vanessa Purdom's goal is to have as many Caramel Apple Elections staged across the land this fall as possible. "Many could be held November 6 when everybody else will be voting and kids will enjoy being included!"

Purdom says the idea was born in fall 2010 while she was volunteering in her kids' school. "I was pondering how to bring in a healthy treat and at the same time incorporate it into a fun activity. The teacher was supportive and we held an apple election in my daughter's classroom. We did graphs, cast ballots, and counted the votes after I gave a brief lecture. After the whole experience, I realized that it would have been much cooler to have a story to go along with our activities."

Published in June 2012 by Granny Apple Publishing of Sarasota, FL, "The Caramel Apple Election" tells a cute story that kids will enjoy about a fall festival and how the idea of pitting red apples vs. green was born. There are templates in the 24-page book for teachers to easily create "I Voted" stickers and Voter Registration forms. More aids including a teacher's curriculum guide are available for download at

Call Winchester Book Gallery at 540-667-3444 for more information on this exciting book signing event. Contact Dee Cook at 540-869-8650 for information about Winchester's Main Street Agriculture. Contact Granny Apple Publishing at 941-870-3422 or to set up an interview with the author or for more information about The Caramel Apple Election book.

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