Trimble County Apple Festival

Music, food, quilts, apple pies
and a lot more on tap for annual event

The Marlinaires to perform on Sunday

Staff Report

BEDFORD, Ky. (September 2005) – Bedford’s courthouse square will come alive with the sights, smells and sounds of the Trimble County Apple Festival on Sept. 10-11. The festival, which features live music, arts and crafts, an apple pie contest and an antique tractor show, will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Doctors Band

Photo by Don Ward

The Doctors Band playing during
last year's Apple Festival.

The annual apple pie contest is the highlight of the festival, with local baking enthusiasts vying for cash prizes. First place will receive $100, with second and third places receiving $50 and $25 each. Last year, 17 pies were entered and top honors went to Bonesta Cifranik of Bedford. Organizers hope to top that number this year.
Pies can be submitted between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. and winners will be announced on stage when the judges make their decision. Nancy Ison of Ison’s Bakery in Carrollton, Ky., will return as the main judge this year.
“She’s a very good judge,” said Leslie Cutshaw, festival president. “She knows when a pie is undercooked, or too dry or when a crust is perfect.”
There is no entry fee, but pies are auctioned off following the judging to benefit the festival.
Cutshaw explained that the pie contest has become a yearly treat for many local families. “Some of the best entries are those by a grandmother and grandchild. We like to see that kind of tradition,” she said. For complete rules, call Cutshaw at (502) 268-3483.
The Trimble Thimbles have donated a quilt to the festival. It will be raffled off at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available throughout the weekend. The Thimbles are a group of about 15 women who meet each Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Trimble County Extension Office to quilt together. The women have been creating quilts together for 15 years.
“We don’t sell our work – we just love to quilt,” said Thimbles president Charlene Ellis. The group has donated a quilt to the Apple Festival since its inception. This year’s quilt will be a “stack and whack” design, meaning the fabric is folded and cut like a paper snowflake, so one piece of material spans the front of the quilt. Anyone interested in joining the Thimbles is invited to attend the weekly meeting or call Ellis at (502) 268-5145.
The event will showcase the wares of area craftspeople, including folk art, antiques, candles, stained glass and more. Festival food includes such favorites as blooming onions, tater twisters, barbeque and apple dumplings.

Trimble County
Apple Festival
Entertainment schedule

Saturday, Sept. 10
• 9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
• 10 a.m.: Louisville Dulcimer Society
• 10:30 a.m.: Local Talent Show
• 1 p.m.: The Kinmans
• 3 p.m.: Doctor’s Band
• 5 p.m.: Ryan Wardlow
Sunday, Sept. 11
• Noon: Gates open
• 1 p.m.:Water’s Edge (acappella group)
• 1-5 p.m.: Antique Tractor Show
• 2:30 p.m.: The Marlinaries
• Information: (502) 255-7591 or visit:

A children’s Apple Relay Race will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday. The adult version, the Apple Cider Relay Race, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The antique tractor show, hosted by the Trimble County Clunkers Tractor Club, will take place throughout the weekend. The show features a variety of machines, from garden and pedal tractors to early iron workhorses. The Clunkers pride themselves in repairing and restoring classic tractors, and are happy to discuss their work with spectators. Last year’s show featured 21 classic tractors, including Olivers, John Deeres, Fords, Allis-Chalmers and others.
With six acts scheduled, the festival has plenty of live entertainment in store. The Louisville Dulcimer Society, an annual favorite, returns this year. “We’ve got some repeat performers, and some first timers,” said Donnie Stethen, festival vice president. “The Dulcimer Society enjoys playing here and we always enjoy having them,”
The group will perform on stage from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, but in past appearances, the musicians have set up in the courtyard later and performed informally for fans.
A local talent show will follow, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. While prizes are not awarded, the show will give local singers, dancers and other performers their time in the spotlight. “The talent show is always a favorite,” said Stethen. “You may see someone you know on stage and think, ‘Wow – I didn’t know she could sing!’ ”
Trimble County’s own pop and country group, The Kinmans, will play from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Led by Harold Kinman, the band is a regular favorite at the Scottsburg Jamboree.
The ever-popular Doctors Band of Madison will take the stage from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with their brand of swinging rock and pop.
Ryan Wardlow, a young Trimble County native, will headline Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wardlow is an aspiring country musician who now resides in Nashville and plays bars and clubs throughout the Music City. Wardlow will play covers and original material for his home crowd.
Sunday will kick off with the a cappella group, Water’s Edge. The Louisville singers will perform Christian and patriotic songs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Evansville group The Marlinaires will play from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Marlinaires, who performed at the Apple Festival in 2003, feature a wide variety of styles, including pop, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass and country. The group is led by Jack Marlin, the son of legendary fiddler Sleepy Marlin. Jack, a professional musician for more than 30 years, plays guitar, banjo and fiddle and sings. He is joined by wife, Sandy Marlin, on keyboards and vocals, and their daughter, Michelle, on vocals.

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