On March 31, 2018 over 100 starved, feral horses were seized from a farm in Wicomico County, Maryland. The horses were placed with rescues throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and since then their recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Most of the horses have received professional training, preparing them for new adoptive homes. The next stage of their transformation is finding loving, permanent homes.
APPY FEST is a family-friendly Fall festival celebrating the healthy, happy Wicomico Appaloosas, bringing them to a place where prospective owners can meet them, fall in love, and adopt them. APPY FEST includes a Trainers’ Competition, Horse Adoptions, Equine Demonstrations, plus shopping, food and family fun. So come out to the show October 6-7 and see the horses, shop, and enjoy the lovely fall weather. Tickets will be available at the show grounds, or purchase advance tickets by clicking here. Coming soon: Lodging discount information for overnight visitors.
How can you help? Join the miracle team!
It takes more than a village to rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for 100+ horses! Want to join the “Miracle team? Choose to join a team below:
Train an Appy
Are you a trainer or affiliated with a rescue? There are still a few horses left who are yet to be placed with a trainer and it’s not too late to claim your appy to compete in APPY FEST. Visit the trainer’s challenge site for the application form, trainer’s contract, and FAQ.
Adopt an Appy!
There are over 25 horses and foals available for adoption from Last Chance Animal Rescue of various ages, sexes, and level of training. Review the available horses at PetFinder and download and submit an adoption form.
- See all the available Wicomico horses from Last Chance Animal Rescue
- Download and fill out the adoption form (PDF)
We are looking for volunteers in advance of the show and for setup, teardown, and running all activities during the show – signup today and join the fun!
- Parking control
- Stabling crew
- Barn night check
- Ticket sales
- Visitor check-in
- Horse trailer check-in
- Horse wrangler
- P.A. announcer
- Photographers / Videographers
- VIP concierge
- Set-up / tear-down
- Marketing / publicity
Please signup today!
Information for Rescues & Competitors
Entry forms, prize info, and stabling information coming here soon.
APPY FEST provides a unique opportunity to showcase your merchandise and services at a family-friendly event with up to 1,000 spectators and participants. We invite vendors to participate in APPY FEST by displaying handmade crafts, art work, toys, gifts, jewelry, equestrian apparel and equipment for sale, along with local businesses, services and associations. Please note: this is an outdoor venue.
Vendor details & signup
Booth Options & Pricing:
- 10′ x 10′ booth area (provide your own canopy, tables and displays) plus approximately 8′ x 10′ foot area in front of the booth to display merchandise. One $10 food voucher per day
Cost: $75/day, $125 for the weekend*
- 10′ x 20′ booth area (provide your own canopy, tables and displays) plus approximately 8′ x 20′ foot area in front of the booth to display merchandise. One $10 food voucher per day
Cost: $150/day, $250 for the weekend*
- Have something different in mind? Contact us (see contact information on the form below).
- 25% discount on vendor fees for registered 501(c)(3) charities who provide proof of IRS tax exemption.
- PDF vendor information and application form
- Online vendor application form
Businesses: APPY FEST provides a unique opportunity to showcase your organization at a family-friendly event with up to 1,000 spectators and participants. Sponsors will enjoy widespread social media exposure, print and broadcast marketing in a six-state area that will reach tens of thousands of prospective customers.
Individuals: APPY FEST is a great way to show your love for horses and help a lot of them at the same time. What could be better than helping horses that were starved and feral become healthy, loved equine citizens?
Sponsor details & signup
Available sponsorship levels and benefits:
- $100: Business card advertisement in the show program
- $250: ¼-page ad in show program; award/prize named for your business
- $500: Class sponsor ½-page ad and banner display space
- $1,000: Premiere Supporter Full page ad, banner space, frequent mentions, VIP area
- $10,000: “Presented By:” all Premiere benefits plus “Appy Fest – Presented by:
” on all
materials; distribution of promotional materials, large display booth and special awards
presentations with video at the event.
- Or, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about a custom-designed sponsorship
Hotels with APPYFEST Rates
The following hotels offer discounted rates for APPY FEST attendees. Mention APPY FEST when making your reservations.
Country Inn & Suites – $77
2555 Bus Park Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601
Super 8 – $78
3550 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20602
La Quinta – $83
11770 S Business Park Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Courtyard by Marriott – $95
3145 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20603
Hampton Inn – $103
3750 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20603
Holiday Inn Express – $114
11370 Days Court, Waldorf, MD 20603
Residence Inn – $139
3020 Technology Place, Waldorf, MD 20601