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Trimble County Apple Festival

Apple pie baking contest highlights
annual event in Bedford

Winning pies bring in cash at auction

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(September 2007) – As the saying goes, there is nothing more American than apple pie and baseball. Although baseball season is coming to a close, apple pie contests are just heating up.

17th annual Trimble County
Apple Festival
Schedule of Events:

Saturday, Sept. 8
• 9 a.m.: Festival Opening Ceremony
• 9:30-11 a.m.: Little Miss Apple Festival Contest
• 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Grady the Clown
• 11 a.m.: Apple Pie contest judging begins
• 11:30 a.m.-Noon: Louisville Dulcimer Society
• 12:30-2 p.m.: The Kinmans (pop and country)
• 1-1:30 p.m.: Children’s Apple relay race
• 1:30 p.m.: Apple Pie contest winners announced and Pie auction from stage
• 2:30-4 p.m.: Whalebone (classic rock)
• 4:30-6:30 p.m.: The Doctor’s Band (pop and horns)

Sunday, Sept. 9
• Noon: Festival Opens
• 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Infinite Realm (gospel)
• 2-2:30 p.m.: Adult Apple Cider relay race
• 2-4 p.m.: Young County (country)
• 4:30-5 p.m.: Final sale of raffle tickets and announcement of raffle winners
• Information: (502) 255-7591 or (502) 268-3483 or visit: www.trimblecounty.com.

The Apple Pie Baking Contest at the annual Trimble County Apple Festival is a favorite among festival-goers. Bakers who want to test their skills will compete for cash prizes in the event during the 17th annual Trimble County Apple Festival, to be held Sept. 8-9 at the Courthouse Square in Bedford, Ky.
Festival events run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the festival will run even if it rains.
The Trimble County Apple Festival has become the county’s premiere fall event, and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the two-day event. It showcases area crafts along the tree-lined square. Booths with folk art, antiques, candles, stained glass and handicrafts are among the attractions. Apple dumplings, blooming onions, tater twists, barbecue and a variety of beverages and other goodies will certainly be a treat for visitors.
A stage setup behind the courthouse will feature a variety of music, including gospel, pop, country and classic rock. This year’s lineup includes the Louisville Dulcimer Society, the popular Kinmans, Whalebone, area favorite Doctor’s Band, gospel group Infinite Realm and country music’s Young County.
Leslie Cutshaw, president of the festival and apple pie contest coordinator, said the first place prize for the pie baking contest will be $100 in cash. The second place winner will receive $50 cash. The third place finisher will take home $25 cash.
The pies will be auctioned off after the contest, and the proceeds will be used to help offset festival costs.

Apple festival judges

Photo provided

Judges make their selections
at last year's festival.

“Last year, we had a bidding war over one of the pies, and it finally sold for $80,” she said. “The average pie sells for about $8 to $10, so we were thrilled, even though we never figured out what the excitement over that particular pie was.”
The entire judging process is based on a scoring system by three judges in three areas: “Overall Appearance,” which includes creativity such as cutouts or lattice work, color, flavor and whether the pie is evenly baked; “Crust,” in which judges look for flakiness, and even thickness; and “Pie Filling,” which includes color, sweetness, thickness and whether the apples are done.
Cutshaw, who usually selects the judges prior to the event, said each pie that is turned in receives a number; the judges have no way of knowing who baked them. “It always amazes us how different each pie is that comes in,” she said. “Some have crust on top and some have fancy lattice work, while others do cutouts or crumbs.”
Last year 19 pies were turned in, and some of the bakers were children. Although only the top three bakers receive cash awards, all contestants get ribbons. The contest is very competitive; so far, there have been no repeat winners.
As usual, the annual festival quilt hand stitched by the Trimble Thimbles will be on display, along with other finely made quilts. The “Royal Star of Kentucky” is this year’s special quilt, which will be raffled during the festival.
Last year’s festival was particularly successful said Cutshaw. Officials estimated that between 3,000 to 5,000 people attended the festival. Many of the food vendors sold out on the first day, and the craft vendors saw better sales on Saturday than they had the entire weekend in years prior.
“It’s just a great opportunity for our community to showcase itself and for school and civil groups to make money,” said Cutshaw.

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