PARADISE, Calif.- Thousands of people came out to Terry Ashe Recreation Center in Paradise this weekend for Johnny Appleseed Days. The event features food, music, local vendors, resources and of course... a lot of apple pie! Monica Nolan, the executive director for the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce says the event has been taking place since 1888.
This year, due to the Camp Fire, they were not able to bake their usual pies because some of the bakery's that were used in past years did not survive the fire. Instead, they offered Pie Baking Kits. They also gave away 1,000 slices of pie as a "thank you" to the community.
Jessie mercer, a counselorwith Cal Hope, was also there offering information about counseling to the community, she said, "It's a beautiful feeling to share space and time with our community and I don't think we can do it in any other way than events like this.
Many Camp Fire survivors said they were happy to reconnect with their community.