HAYWARD -- An American classic, the apple, will be celebrated at an old-fashioned festival Saturday featuring more than 160 varieties of the fruit at Garin Regional Park.

"Garin has an antique orchard with varieties of apples that are not readily available anywhere else," said Emily Hopkins, East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman.

The free festival salutes the park's and the East Bay's agricultural past, when orchards thrived across the area. It will have old-fashioned games, dancing, live music, apple cider pressing, hand-cranked ice cream and apple-themed crafts.

Docents will lead tours of the antique orchard, which is now tended by volunteers.

Garin Park, in the hills east of Mission Boulevard south of Cal State East Bay, is the site of the former Garin Ranch, which Andrew J. Garin sold to East Bay Regional Park District in 1966. Since then, the park district has added nearby property to the park. The Meyers sisters -- Edith, Mildred and Jeanette -- donated their nearby Dry Creek Ranch, and the expanded side-by-side parks opened in 1979.

The ranch's barn is now Garin's visitor center, with antique farm equipment resting nearby. The festival will take place at the barn, near the main parking lot.

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Garin Apple Festival
When: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Garin Regional Park, 1320 Garin Ave. (at the end of Garin Avenue off Mission Boulevard), Hayward.
Admission: Free. Parking, $5.
Details: 510-544-3220