provide unique aspect
to annual Bedford event
(September 2001) Bedford, Ky Despite the fact Trimble
Countys Apple Festival occurs the second weekend
in September, the Trimble Thimbles begin preparations
weeks ahead of time. The 10-year-old local quilting group
is known annually for putting together a massive quilt
that is raffled off to raise funds to help offset the
festivals operating costs. Massive means somewhere
around 100x90 inches, according to Trimble Thimbles vice
president Byrl Moore.
It depends on the pattern you are
using, she said. Not all patterns are the
same. We lay the quilts on the floor and put them together
like a sandwich.
The quilters will show off their work during the festival,
set for Sept. 8-9, around the courthouse square in Bedford,
Ky. The two-day event includes arts and crafts, food court,
childrens activities, contests, a classic car show
and nonstop entertainment.
Every Tuesday night, Moore and about 15 other women in
the Trimble County area meet at the countys Agricultural
Extension Office and work on the mammoth quilt that over
the past decade has become a traditional part of the festival.
It started in 1990 during Kentuckys Bicentennial
celebration when various counties were asked to compose
quilts representing their own. The quilt composed for
Trimble County now hangs in the Extension Office. It has
survived in addition to the close-knit group that every
year puts out a new quilt. The term close-knit
is used literally since the group started out as a knitting
We have since learned to make our own individual
quilts and how to frame a pattern, said Moore.
In addition to the annual Apple Festival quilt, Moore
said the group makes one other major quilt each year.
The rest of those involved also make smaller individual
quilts. Moore cited 15 quilts to her credit. Many, she
said, hang on walls in her home or are used as bedspreads.
Its something pleasing for me to see whether
anyone else likes it or not, she said.
Marianne Knapp, an eight-year member of the Trimble Thimbles,
said she enjoys the feeling of gratification that comes
with completing a quilt.
It takes a lot of patience because it takes a very
long time to make a quilt, said Knapp. But
I enjoy it. When we get through, we have a quilt we can
show or give away.
In addition to quilters, the festival, now in its 12th
year, provides a wide variety of artisans and craftsmen.
Last year the event drew nearly 18,000 people, according
to festival president, founder and Trimble County Judge-Executive
Last years festival went very well,
said Clem. We had excellent crowds and the weather
was terrific. This year we are anticipating a number of
new vendors and a good variety of arts and crafts as well
as good food and entertainment. It will be a nice event
for the entire family.
Clem likened the event to an annual homecoming for
a lot of folks because they get to see old friends and
enjoy a day together.
Over the years, the festival has developed many other
regular fixtures beyond quilting. The Madison-based Doctors
Band and the Louisville Dulcimer Society have been regular
fixtures. This year, the Juggernaut Jug Band makes its
second trip to the area after appearing in Madison in
June at the citys Main Street Programs Music
in the Park Series.
Another annual attraction is the Apple Pie Contest, won
last year by Ashley Hawkins of Bedford, Ky. Hawkins was
only 14 and had never baked a pie before the contest.
The winner of the contest receives a cash prize of $100.
Other festival events include a band performance and car
show sponsored by Trimble County High School and apple-related
relay races for both children and adults.
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 8-9
9 a.m.6 p.m. Sat.; Noon5 p.m. Sun.
Courthouse Square, Bedford, KY
Arts & crafts, flea market, food, live music,
contests, car show, childrens games, pie baking