Julian invites everyone to cruise the "Back Country."
Julian began as a gold mining town then became as famous for its apple growing. In 1907, boxes of Julian Apples won eight gold medals at the Jamestown Exposition in Virginia. Julian went on to win the prestigious Wilson Medal at the International Pomolical Apple Show where competition fruit was brought from all over the U.S. and Canada. Julian wanted to celebrate this victory so in 1909, the town held the first Apple Days Festival.
A drive to Julian is a great way to get in the mood for the holiday season. Out in the back country the seasonal changes can be seen, tasted and touched. The crisp mountain air with its golden autumn light carries the aroma of the most awesome apple pies on the planet into every corner of this turn-of-the-century town. What better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday than to take a step back in time to simpler days?
During the annual two month celebration, fans of old-time fun can take part in an Oktoberfest, a scarecrow contest, hay rides, tractor displays and a pumpkin patch. Stroll up and down Main Street and shop for handcrafted jewelry, clothing, textiles, handbags and of course don’t forget to take home a pie (or two). There are old-time melodrama performances, winery tours, country markets and some great antique shopping.