And for Paula Pickering and her three-year-old son, Jacob Costain, it was a very special Sunday.
“Today is one of the first days we have been able to come out for fall, and enjoy apple picking because Jacob was in isolation last year, as well as the year prior, so it’s a really fun day for him,” she said, with a smile.
Costain was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2015.
“We travelled to Toronto and he had two stem cell transplants from an unrelated donor. But we found out in April of this year that he went into remission. And this is a great day for us. He is having lots of fun running around. It’s just a really good day for the family.”
The event, presented by the Red Oak Shrine Club and Arlington Orchards, raises funds for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Montreal.
“We hope to raise somewhere between $2,500 and $3,000,” said David Crocker, the president of the Red Oak Shrine Club. “And that includes the generosity from Barry Balsom, who has given us part of his apple sales, plus what we make in the canteen.”
The annual event that allows families to pick the best apple variety for cooking, eating, preserving, or just experimenting, now in its 13th year, also serves three purposes.
“It raises money for the Shriner’s hospitals for children, travel expenses for the families, as well as provides a vehicle for parents to come with their kids and have a good Sunday afternoon,” explained Crocker.
The highlights included children’s play area, old fashion games, and prizes for the winners, as well as wagon rides.
“It’s a bit of work to put up, but it’s a lot of fun,” Crocker added.