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Reid’s Orchard’s 32nd annual Apple Festival kicks off Saturday with the weatherman calling for sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s.

“That’s perfect fall weather,” Billy Reid, whose family owns the 144-year-old orchard, said this week.

There’s a chance of rain on Sunday though.

“For a lot of nonprofits, this is the biggest fund-raiser of the year,” Reid said. “We’re hoping for good weather both days.”

Mid-October can be hot or cold.

The Reids still remember a year when 3 inches of snow fell on the Wednesday before the festival.

But it was all gone by Saturday.

Last year, with two sunny days back to back, the festival saw its biggest crowd since it began in 1986 with more than 25,000 people strolling the orchard grounds during the weekend

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