ALPENA - Students at Pied Piper Opportunity Center celebrated their Fall Festival on Friday afternoon and were again able to enjoy fresh-pressed cider during their lunch, pressed by fellow students. Students can learn how to make the cider during the festival from Dr. Tom Cook, who has been bringing his cider press and volunteering at Pied Piper Opportunity Center for over 30 years.
"What we do here wouldn't be possible without the community support and our volunteers," principal Mary Zann said. "The students really enjoy the festival and get to celebrate and have fun enjoying the activities that go on during fall."
Other activities students participated in were four-wheeler rides, sports, outdoor games, a bonfire and horse drawn wagon rides, driven by Darlene Cordes.
"This is the third year the Cordes' have been here providing wagon rides for the students," Zann said. "They're here in the winter, spring and summer for our festivals and bring the horses and wagon whenever they can."
Draft horses Jerry and Bessy pulled a wagon full of excited students and volunteers around the Pied Piper grounds all day long.
"We had such a beautiful day for the festival this year," Zann said. "It's a special day for the students and they look forward to it every year."
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