County Apple Festival
food, quilts, apple pies
and a lot more on tap for annual event
Marlinaires to perform on Sunday
BEDFORD, Ky. (September 2005) Bedfords 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.
by Don Ward
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 Isons Bakery in Carrollton,
Ky., will return as the main judge this year.
Shes 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 dont 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 years 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
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.: Doctors Band
5 p.m.: Ryan Wardlow Sunday,
Noon: Gates open
1 p.m.:Waters Edge (acappella group)
1-5 p.m.: Antique Tractor Show
2:30 p.m.: The Marlinaries
Information: (502) 255-7591 or visit:
A childrens 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 years
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. Weve 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 didnt know
she could sing!
Trimble Countys 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, Waters 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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