Rio Grande Valley

An Apple A Day...

Nestled north of Bandera in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Medina is the Apple Capital of Texas, and the scene for the annual Summer Apple Fest

They're delicious, they're tasty and they're simply irresistible. And they're the pride of the community of Medina.

Welcome to the Apple Capital of Texas, Medina, a secluded pristine part of the Texas Hill Country that's full of wild rivers, big ranches and...well, great apples.

In a state that is famous for the quality of its agriculture, the burden was heavy on Medina back in the late 1980s, when apple farming was introduced to the area by Baxter Adams, Jr., who started an experimental orchard of dwarf apple trees. No one thought apples would eventually make the community famous. After all, Poteet is famous for the superior sweetness of its strawberries - the world's best. Luling is famous for its watermelons. Pecos - way out in West Texas - has its famous cantelopes. The Rio Grande Valley is known worldwide for the quality of its citrus crop, and there's no better place to get a sweet peach than Fredericksburg or Stonewall.

But apples?

As they say in parts of Texas, "the proof is in the pudding," and one taste of a juicy Medina apple and you will agree - they're GREAT!

Summer is the season for the annual Medina Apple Festival, a week-long celebration that honors the juicy fruit. And this festival is full of activity, education and fun for the entire family.

From live music to orchard tours to seminars on how to make apple cider, you'll find all things apple at this great getaway in the hills.

Of course, any time of year is a good time of year to visit this remarkable region. Nearby are the communities of Kerrville and Bandera, To the south is Medina Lake, and a little further down State Highway 16 is the sprawling suburbia of San Antonio.

While Bandera County is home to a large number of cattle operations, there are plenty for the visitor to do and see. Guest ranches are common throughout the area, attracting visitors who come to experience the "cowboy way of life." Golfing is abundant and a major sport. And there are - of course - plenty of apples.

Medina (and Bandera County) is also a popukar hunting spot with large numbers of hunting leases available to avid outdoorsmen. The other major outddor festival staged each year in Medina is the Outdoor Show, held in the fall.

For more information about Medina or the Apple Festival, log on to the official Web site.
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