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Trimble County Apple Festival
ideal for families

The 11th annual event brings
thousands to this otherwise quiet,
rural Kentucky town

By Linda Noel
Contributing Writer

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 to organizers.

“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. They’ll 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 activities.
“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 festival.
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 Saturday’s entertainment. Sunday’s 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 year’s 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 year’s judge will be Chef Spendlove from Sullivan College’s 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 couldn’t 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 team’s 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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