The 21st of October is Apple Day.
Apple Day is celebrated every October in England.
Events are held at orchards and garden nurseries around the country, from apple bobbing to apple peeling contests.
See also: Apples
The day was started in England 1990 by an organization called “Common Ground.”
The United States had a National Apple Day at the start of the 1900s:
“Prof. W.H. Olin writes urging the larger consumption of this fruit to benefit the grower — James Handley, of Quincy, Illinois, deserves the title of Father of National Apple Pie (sic) Day. When he was secretary of the Mississippi Valley Apple Growers association, he urged the setting aside of one day in October as a special day when we should pay tribute to the American apple. In 1905 a number of horticultural organizations, as well as the International Apple Shippers’ association, joined with Mr Handley and named the third Tuesday in October as Apple Day. By 1913 this day was being celebrated from Maine to California, from Rochester to Baltimore and Galveston.
At the 1920 convention of the International Apple Shippers’ association, National Apple Day was changed to the last day in October — Hallowe’en, as it is known to us all.
The principle of the celebration is to give publicity to the greatest fruit in the world, to widen its distribution, to increase its consumption, to contribute thereby to the maintenance of our productive orchards, to bring wealth, happiness and good cheer to the people of this entire nation…
On Apple Day let every man, woman and child in Colorado pay tribute to America’s best food by eating a baked apple at breakfast, apple sauce at the midday meal, and either apple pie or apple dumpling for the dinner at night, with a rosy Jonathan, a Delicious or a Grimes Golden apple to be eaten ‘between acts’ during the day.” — Olin, W.H. Uncle Sam’s Apple Crop Largest in the world. Grand Junction, Colorado: The Daily Sentinel. 24 October 1922. Page 5, col. 2.
The day in the U.S. seems to have died out at some point. Perhaps it got lost in the merger with the behemoth that Hallowe’en would become.
Apple Day display at Blackmoor Fruit Nurseries, Hampshire, England, 2008. Mishapen apple in the centre is the knobby russet. Hugh Chevallier / geograph.org.uk / 2008 / CC BY-SA 2.0