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Great Apple Ride

Royal Oak Farm Orchard will host the 2nd Annual Great Apple Rideon October 14. Co-hosted by The Bike Haven of McHenry, Ill., the bicycle ride is a fundraiser that features multiple-course options. Bicyclists can choose from 16 miles, 21 miles, 31 miles or a combination of the three courses. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Agape House School for Girls in Walworth, Wis.

“We are looking forward to co-hosting the Great Apple Ride again this year,” Sarah Bell, special event coordinator and co-owner, said. “It’s a fun, family event and part of the proceeds go to a wonderful cause. Children can join in the event, too!”

Josh Arnow, owner of The Bike Haven, said they have set up multiple courses to and from the orchard that highlight scenic northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin roads. “We are excited to co-host this event again,” he said. “We will be there before and after to help riders with any last-minute bike issues. We will also have a Support and Gear truck that will follow the courses, making sure there are no problems. It will have tools, pumps and more to help, and can provide rides back should anyone need assistance.”

About Agape House
The Agape House is a Christian ministry that is dedicated to changing the lives of girls, young women and families by helping them to overcome the effects of abuse, addiction and hurts from their past. “We are grateful to Royal Oak Farm Orchard for allowing us to receive part of the proceeds from The Great Apple Ride,” Jan Baker, office manager at The Agape House, said. “Spreading awareness about our programs is beneficial, and the funds raised will be applied to our scholarship program, which allows us to continue offering our services to girls even if parents cannot afford the cost.”

Discounted Advance Registration
Registration is available on under activities: “Great Apple Ride.” Bicyclists save $10 by registering in advance ($35), but can also register the day of the event ($45). Children 12 and under can register for $25. Registration includes an apple cider donut, an apple and coffee, as well as lunch in the Royal Oak Country Kitchen. Courses open at 7 a.m., with bicyclists leaving between 7 and 10 a.m. The course will be swept by 3 p.m.

Free Maze Admission with U-Pick Purchase
On October 14-15, Royal Oak Farm will also offer free maze admission with a U-Pick purchase (a $6 value). The only one of its kind in the U.S., the Amaze ‘N Apples maze features more than 3,000 trees and nine varieties, with at least two available to taste at any given time throughout the apple season. The winding trails and activity areas help make the maze a fun and educational experience.

There are many U-Pick varieties available right now, including Jonamac, McIntosh, Cortland, Ozark Gold, Jonafree and more. In addition to apples, pumpkins are also available.

About Royal Oak Farm

Founded by Peter and Gloria Bianchini in the early 1990s, Royal Oak Farm is owned by a four-generation family. The farm is located in Harvard, Ill., 1.5 miles from the Wisconsin border, and offers a variety of activities for children and adults. Featuring 20,000 apple trees in 30 varieties, along with pumpkins, gourds and squash, the 160-acre orchard offers the opportunity to pick fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of these are sold in the market/bakery and used in the orchard’s restaurant. Royal Oak Farm also offers birthday parties and private bonfire/hayride packages. Tours are available for schoolchildren and adult groups.


Saturday, October 14 from 7 am to 3 pm




Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Hebron Road, Harvard, IL, United States

Great Apple Ride
Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Hebron Road, Harvard, IL, United States

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