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Trimble County Apple Festival

Henry County’s Cox to perform
at the popular outdoor festival

Hand-crafted quilts, crafts,
apple pie contest among events

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (September 2009) – Robby Cox bills himself as a one-man show, and that’s no exaggeration. Relying only on guitar, piano and harmonica to aid his vocal ability, Cox has performed solo all over the East Coast from New York to Florida.
Music has always been a hobby an avid interest for Cox. “I’m self taught, still and always learning,” he said.

Robby Cox

Photo provided

This is the first year for
The Robby Cox Show to be
included in the festival lineup.

Cox, 26, is from Pendleton, Ky., in nearby Henry County. He described his music as everything from old rock like The Beatles or the Rolling Stones to Outlaw Country like the music of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, to a lit bit of Blues played by Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. He even incorporates newer tunes by such popular artists as Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews and Kid Rock into his repertoire.
“Most of the artists and their songs that I perform in my show are big influences,” said Cox. “Also friends, family and musicians that I meet influence me.”
The Robby Cox Show will be part of the entertainment lineup for the Trimble County Apple Festival, set for Sept. 12-13. Cox will take the stage from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on the Trimble County Courthouse square in Bedford. No admission is charged for this family oriented festival.
Nineteen years is a pretty good run for a festival, admits festival organizer Leslie Cutshaw. Organizers show no signs of slowing it down.
This festival and the people behind it have “staying power,” said Cutshaw, who has been president for the last four years of the organizing committee. There are still a few founding members from the original committee who volunteer during the event.
“It’s a great way to showcase our community, and Trimble County as a whole,” she said. The clean, friendly environment provides a wonderful atmosphere for an outdoor festival that thousands are expected to attend.
Included in the two-day lineup will be crafts, hand-stitched quilt exhibits made by The Trimble Thimbles quilting club, an antique tractor show provided by the Trimble County Klunker Club, food, a corn hole tournament, children’s craft area, Apple Relay Races for children and Apple Cider Relay Races for adults. Those who have a talent for baking may wish to enter the apple pie contest, in which the first place winner receives $100 cash. An Apple Festival Quilt will be raffled off over the weekend as well.
A stage will be erected behind the Courthouse to showcase a wide variety of music. Saturday’s diverse talent lineup includes the Louisville Dulcimer Society, Young Country and The Robby Cox Show. Sunday’s lineup features Infinite Realm and the Doctors Band.
A new addition to this year’s schedule is a Little Mister contest. Two festivals ago a Little Miss Apple Festival contest was begun. A non-denominational Community Worship service will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mainly for those participants who miss services to set up their booths and displays, said Cutshaw.
“Several local organizations take part in the festival,” said organizer Donnie Romans. The Girl Scouts, county sports teams and cheerleaders all contribute their support to the festival.
A large percentage of the people attending the Trimble County Apple Festival are locals, said Cutshaw, in addition to the vendors and crafts people. It’s a great venue for local school groups, churches and civic organizations to gain exposure, she said.

• For more information about the Trimble County Apple Festival, contact Leslie Cutshaw at (502) 268-3483, Donnie Romans at (812) 701-8897 or visit: www.TrimbleCounty.com.

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