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Trimble County Apple Festival

16th annual event draws a crowd
for music, food, crafts

By Konnie McCollum
Contributing Writer

(September 2006) – The Trimble County Apple Festival has become the premiere fall event for the county, and thousands attend this annual festival. This year, the 16th annual festival will be held Sept. 9-10. The two-day event showcases crafts and exhibits along the tree-lined courthouse square in downtown Bedford, Ky.

Trimble County Courthouse

Photo by Don Ward

The Trimble County Courthouse will be
the center of the 16th annual Trimble
County Apple Festival this month.

Leslie Cutshaw, president of the festival, said she is excited about the variety of entertainment and events that will occur at the festival. “From the talent show to the quilt display to the tractor show, we have something for everyone to enjoy.”
A stage behind the courthouse will feature a variety of music and entertainment all weekend long, including the Louisville Dulcimer Society. The group will open the festival’s entertainment at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and is a longtime participant in the festival.
The society was formed in 1978 by a group of dulcimer students who were having so much fun they didn’t want to part company. The original, lively spirit of that group back then is still a part of the group today.
There are over 150 families that have joined the group. Those families pay a membership fee of $15 and the entire family becomes a member. There are members across the country, and there have even been members from Europe.
While the hand dulcimer and the lap dulcimer are greatly represented in the organization, other acoustic musicians are welcomed and encouraged to join. Janey Robertson, a member of the organization and the group’s newsletter editor, said a variety of acoustic musicians make up the group. She said there are members who play the bass, the wash-tub bass, mandolins, banjos, folk harps, fiddles, acoustic guitars and several other types of instruments.
“If it doesn’t plug in, it is welcome,” she said.

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 9
9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
10-10:30 a.m.: Louisville Dulcimer Society
10:30-11:45 a.m.: Talent Show
11 a.m.-noon: Apple Pie Judging (closed to public)
Noon-1:30 p.m.: The Kinmans (Country & Pop)
1:30 p.m.: Apple Pie winners announcement & Pie Auction
2-3 p.m.: Freshcut Grass (Bluegrass)
3:30-5 p.m.: Captain Cabo & The Tequillas (New Country)
5:30-7 p.m.: Ryan Wardlow (Country)

Sunday, Sept. 10
12:15-1:45 p.m.: Water’s Edge (Christian & Patriotic)
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Grady thee Clown
2:30-4:30 p.m.: The Doctors Band (Rock & Pop)
4:30-5 p.m.: Raffle drawings and winners announcement

The group gets together to jam at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4400 Lowe Rd., in Louisville. There are a variety of ongoing events at those practice sessions. There is a room for beginners to get help, and there is a room for the various groups to practice for any scheduled performances. Then there is the big room where everybody else just plays their music. Robertson said, “We just get together and have a lot of fun.”
Most of the time, the group plays songs in the American Traditional Music genre. Robertson said, “We play about anything that can be played in three or four chords.” That music list includes old-time music, some Stephen Foster selections, old-time fiddle tunes and older folk tunes.
The society stays busy performing throughout the fall and into the Christmas season. “For some reason, when people think of autumn and festivals, they think of us,” Robertson said.
When the group does get booked for an event, a leader will be chosen and then musicians will either sign up or be asked to perform. The group then puts together a list of what it is going to play and practice together to make sure things go smooth.
At the Trimble County Apple Festival, a group of not more than 12 musicians will be playing on the stage. Robertson said that this year they tried to pick songs with apples themes to go along with the festival’s them.
After the 30-minute performance onstage, the group will get together behind the courthouse with other members that aren’t not performing and “just jam.” Robertson said any person with an acoustic instrument and an interest can join in.
In addition to the entertainment, there will be many more events at the festival. Among the featured events are the quits made by the Trimble Thimbles quilting club and the antique tractor show by the Trimble County Klunkers.
The Trimble Thimbles will have a quilt display featuring some of the finest hand stitched quilts in the region. There will be an “Apple Festival Quilt” that will be raffled during the festival weekend. This is also the first time that the quilters will be selling their wares.
Those who have a talent for baking will want to enter the apple pie contest. The first place prize is $100. Second place will receive $50, and third will get $25.
The local talent show, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday and will be a fun event to watch. The show is already full.
Vendors will have a variety of folk art, antiques, candles, stained glass and much more. The festival provides a children’s craft area for children to enjoy an array of crafts and games. The festival is a rain or shine event.

• For more information about the festival, visit: www.trimblecounty.com/applefest.htm.

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