County Apple Festival
pie baking contest highlights
annual event in Bedford
pies bring in cash at auction
(September 2007) As the saying goes, there
is nothing more American than apple pie and baseball. Although baseball
season is coming to a close, apple pie contests are just heating up.
annual Trimble County
Schedule of Events:
9 a.m.: Festival Opening Ceremony
9:30-11 a.m.: Little Miss Apple Festival Contest
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Grady the Clown
11 a.m.: Apple Pie contest judging begins
11:30 a.m.-Noon: Louisville Dulcimer Society
12:30-2 p.m.: The Kinmans (pop and country)
1-1:30 p.m.: Childrens Apple relay race
1:30 p.m.: Apple Pie contest winners announced and Pie
auction from stage
2:30-4 p.m.: Whalebone (classic rock)
4:30-6:30 p.m.: The Doctors Band (pop and horns)
Noon: Festival Opens
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Infinite Realm (gospel)
2-2:30 p.m.: Adult Apple Cider relay race
2-4 p.m.: Young County (country)
4:30-5 p.m.: Final sale of raffle tickets and announcement
of raffle winners
Information: (502) 255-7591 or (502) 268-3483 or visit: www.trimblecounty.com.
The Apple Pie Baking Contest at the annual Trimble County
Apple Festival is a favorite among festival-goers. Bakers who want to
test their skills will compete for cash prizes in the event during the
17th annual Trimble County Apple Festival, to be held Sept. 8-9 at the
Courthouse Square in Bedford, Ky.
Festival events run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5
p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the festival will run even if it
The Trimble County Apple Festival has become the countys premiere
fall event, and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the two-day
event. It showcases area crafts along the tree-lined square. Booths
with folk art, antiques, candles, stained glass and handicrafts are
among the attractions. Apple dumplings, blooming onions, tater twists,
barbecue and a variety of beverages and other goodies will certainly
be a treat for visitors.
A stage setup behind the courthouse will feature a variety of music,
including gospel, pop, country and classic rock. This years lineup
includes the Louisville Dulcimer Society, the popular Kinmans, Whalebone,
area favorite Doctors Band, gospel group Infinite Realm and country
musics Young County.
Leslie Cutshaw, president of the festival and apple pie contest coordinator,
said the first place prize for the pie baking contest will be $100 in
cash. The second place winner will receive $50 cash. The third place
finisher will take home $25 cash.
The pies will be auctioned off after the contest, and the proceeds will
be used to help offset festival costs.
make their selections
at last year's festival.
Last year, we had a bidding war over one of the
pies, and it finally sold for $80, she said. The average
pie sells for about $8 to $10, so we were thrilled, even though we never
figured out what the excitement over that particular pie was.
The entire judging process is based on a scoring system by three judges
in three areas: Overall Appearance, which includes creativity
such as cutouts or lattice work, color, flavor and whether the pie is
evenly baked; Crust, in which judges look for flakiness,
and even thickness; and Pie Filling, which includes color,
sweetness, thickness and whether the apples are done.
Cutshaw, who usually selects the judges prior to the event, said each
pie that is turned in receives a number; the judges have no way of knowing
who baked them. It always amazes us how different each pie is
that comes in, she said. Some have crust on top and some
have fancy lattice work, while others do cutouts or crumbs.
Last year 19 pies were turned in, and some of the bakers were children.
Although only the top three bakers receive cash awards, all contestants
get ribbons. The contest is very competitive; so far, there have been
no repeat winners.
As usual, the annual festival quilt hand stitched by the Trimble Thimbles
will be on display, along with other finely made quilts. The Royal
Star of Kentucky is this years special quilt, which will
be raffled during the festival.
Last years festival was particularly successful said Cutshaw.
Officials estimated that between 3,000 to 5,000 people attended the
festival. Many of the food vendors sold out on the first day, and the
craft vendors saw better sales on Saturday than they had the entire
weekend in years prior.
Its just a great opportunity for our community to showcase
itself and for school and civil groups to make money, said Cutshaw.
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