County Apple Festival
ideal for families
11th annual event brings
thousands to this otherwise quiet,
rural Kentucky town
BEDFORD, Ky. From food to entertainment to arts
and crafts, the 11th annual Trimble County Apple Festival has something
for everyone. The two-day event will be held Sept. 9-10 around the courthouse
square in Bedford, Ky., and is expected to draw 20,000 visitors, according
The festival is an excellent family event,
said Trimble County County Judge-Executive Ray Clem, who founded the
event a decade ago.
To enable adults to enjoy the booths and music, a supervised area for
children will be set up so can play games and learn new crafts. Theyll
have fun while their parents shop and browse.
Organizers are expecting more than 85 exhibitors and food vendors this
year, Clem said, making it the largest ever. Each day is packed with
Our Apple Run for the children and Cider Run relay race for the
adults are crowd favorites, Clem said.
The arts and crafts exhibits are ranked among the best of Kentucky
festivals, Clem said. Crafters from Kentucky, Indiana Ohio
and Tennessee will be there. This is a juried event, and the quality
of work is exceptional.
Festival committee member Sandy Wright said, You can expect to
find hand-painted clothing and gourds, folk art, wood items, furniture
and more. Just a lot of exceptional and unique items.
The Trimble County Nimble Thimbles will be exhibiting a number of quilts.
Each year they make and raffle off a special quilt to commemorate the
Entertainment is provided throughout both days. The Louisville Dulcimer
Society will start the entertainment on Saturday morning. Ten Penny
Bit, a popular Irish folk band, the Juggernaut Jug Band and Caribe will
round out Saturdays entertainment. Sundays entertainment
will begin with gospel music, followed by the Doctors Band, a popular
band based in Madison, Ind.
The Trimble County High School senior class is sponsoring a car show
on Sunday, with judging at 1 p.m. This years event is expected
to draw more than 60 entries. There are 11 classes, including street
rods and classic cars.
An apple pie contest will be held on Saturday. This years judge
will be Chef Spendlove from Sullivan Colleges Culinary School
in Louisville. The winning entry will receive $100.
The 1999 Apple Pie Winner was Sharon Tinney. She said her secrets to
success were an old recipe and lots of practice. She found the recipe
in a cookbook that came with a Home Comfort wood cook stove that her
grandmother bought years ago.
Once I settled on a recipe, I went to work making apple pies,
Tinney said. One day I made 12, and my husband said he just couldnt
taste test another pie.
Relays also will be held during the festival. A Run for the Cider
relay will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday for teams of four people, ages
16 and over. A grand prize of $100 will be donated to the winning teams
charity of choice.
At 1 p.m. Sat-urday, an Apple Relay will be held for children
ages 10 and under participating in two-person teams. Teams may register
at the information booth for both races on the day of the events.
Planned and organized by local volunteers, the festival has become a
popular fall event.
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