Trimble County Apple Festival

Musical acts
to highlight two-day event

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (Sept. 2003) – Back in business after a one-year hiatus, the Trimble County Apple Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 13-14 around the courthouse square in Bedford. This year’s event will feature more than 100 arts, crafts and collectibles booths, as well as food vendors, a children’s craft area, a quilt exhibit and live entertainment.
Traditional festival events, such as the Apple Pie Contest and the Apple Cider Relay, are also planned.

Bray Orchards

Photo by Don Ward

Bray Orchards booth at the 2001 event.

The festival hours will run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The following music groups are scheduled to perform during the two-day event:
Louisville Dulcimer Society. Formed in 1978 by a group of enthusiastic dulcimer students, the Louisville Dulcimer Society will kick-off the entertainment schedule with a performance at 10 a.m. Saturday. Members of the society play a variety of acoustic instruments but the main focus is dulcimer playing and the preservation of traditional music and folk culture. The society is composed of more than 100 family memberships which include both professional and amateur musicians who perform regularly throughout the area.
No Tools Loaned. Self-described as third generation bluegrass, No Tools Loaned is a Frankfort-based band which features Paul Douglas Williams, mandolin; Jack Burch, bass; Wesley Atha, guitar; and Scotty Campbell, banjo. Although the band is relatively new, all members are performance veterans with nearly 100 years of combined experience. The group will present a variety of original and traditional bluegrass music pieces from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ten Penny Bit. Formed in 1984 with three members, Ten Penny Bit is now a six-member band comprised of Robin Loeffler, hammered dulcimer; Bob Loeffler, bouzouki and guitar; Mark Cannon, fiddle, tenor banjo, and tin whistle; Todd Morgan, fiddle; Blue Murphy, upright bass; and Sonny Prentice, dobro, mandolin and guitar. The Louisville-based group performs a blend of fast-paced Irish, Scottish and old-time fiddle music true to Kentucky’s Celtic roots. They have performed in 21 states and have served as staff musicians for The Lloyd Shaw Foundation and The Kentucky Heritage Institute. In 1993, the group presented a two week program of American music and dance in Denmark sponsored by the Danish government. The group will appear at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Kentucky Blue. A well-known bluegrass band from central Kentucky, Kentucky Blue has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years with a combination of two-, three- and four-part harmonies and traditional bluegrass instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and bass. Their repertoire includes such classics as “Rocky Top,” “Dueling Banjos,” “Orange Blossom Special” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” The group also plays a variety of popular favorites including “House of the Rising Sun,” “Margaritaville,” and tunes from the hit movie “O Brother Where Art Thou,” as well as a number of original scores. The band will perform on Saturday afternoon following Ten Penny Bit.
Saxon’s Cornet Band. Keeping alive the tradition of brass bands of the Civil War era, Saxon’s Cornet Band of Lexington will play a variety of period music from 12:30-2 p.m. on Sunday. The band is a reincarnation of the original ensemble founded in the 1850s by Henry Saxton of Lexington. The current-day members are dedicated to historical accuracy based on thorough research and understanding of period resources and the presentation of music typically performed by such bands in the 1850s and 1860s. From mastering authentic instruments to dressing in period costumes, band members look and play the part of their 19th century forefathers, whose music entertained civilians and inspired soldiers in both Union and Confederate camps. The band performs at events across the country and have regularly appeared at the annual Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Ky. They were also featured in the Turner films “Gettysburg” and “The Day Lincoln Was Shot.”
The Marlinaires. A family group composed of Jack and Sandy Marlin and their daughter, Michelle Marlin, The Marlinaires have become one of the most popular variety acts in the Midwest. The group will perform an impressive selection of hits from the 1950s to the present, covering the gamut of popular music from rock to country. Sometimes referred to as “Branson-like” entertainers, the group strives to provide the type of variety and professionalism in their performance that appeals to a broad audience. They will perform from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more festival information call (502) 255-7591 or visit: www.trimblecounty.com/applefest.htm.

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