Fall Festival Roundup

Trimble Co. Apple Festival, Canaan Fall Fest, others on tap

Fall Old Court Days, Hispanic Festival
coming in September

(September 2015) – Half a century ago, folks in Trimble County, Ky., decided to celebrate their heritage with a festival. The festival, revolving around an apple theme, the Trimble County Apple Festival has become a huge draw for the area with activities for young and old alike.
“It developed as more of an arts festival,” said Sue Fischer, one of the current event organizers. She credited former Trimble County Judge-Executive Ray Clem with getting it started.
The festival operated under the umbrella of the Trimble County Arts Council until two years ago, when the organizing group became a non-profit. It is estimated that last year, over its two-day period, 10,000 people attended the festival, said Fisher.
This year’s festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, around the Trimble County Courthouse square in Bedford, Ky. An 11 a.m. outside community worship service will take place on Sunday.
“Everyone looks forward to this festival,” said Fisher. She compared it to a reunion, and said there is lots of community support for it.
Several pageants will be held throughout the festival, such as the Miss Apple Festival at 10 a.m. Saturday for ages 15-19, and the Little Miss and Mr. Apple Festival for 4-7-year-olds. At 11 a.m. the Sweetheart (ages 11-14) and Princess (ages 8-10) will take place. Also scheduled are an Apple Dumpling Photo Contest and a Miss Golden Apple pageant for older adults.
Local quilting group, The Trimble Thimbles, always provide a quilt to be raffled off as a fundraiser. More than 80 vendors are expected to set up around the courthouse square, said Fisher.
The Apple Cider Relay has been a part of the festival for many years. Different groups, such as schools and rotary clubs, compete against one another for cash prizes.
This will be the second year a group from Alaska will have its Alaskan Shakeups for sale, said Fisher, who has been with the festival for the last six years. The drinks are similar to lemonade and the group had “followed us on our website. They made this event part of their tour.”
Vendors are from all over north central Kentucky and the crowd is a mix of locals and out-of towners, with a lot of people coming from Louisville. For more information, call (502) 552-4362, (502) 255-9904 or visit: www.trimbleapplefest.org.
• Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Ride, Canaan, Ind. The Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Ride is as exciting as  it was when it first started. The festival is now in its 51st year, and the Pony Express Ride in its 49th year.
“Our organization (Canaan Restoration Council) formed in May 1965 and thought about reviving the old festival which had ended in 1926,” said organizer Gale Ferris. At the time, on a state level, “tourism was being pushed in all communities.”
Ferris just happened to become friends with J. Arthur York, Director of Tourism for Indiana. York spoke at a meeting and said it was important to have a living history aspect as one of the main components for the festival. Thus, the re-creation of the Pony Express Ride was added with riders traveling the 12-mile route from Canaan to Madison.
Riders have to be sworn in by the U.S. Postal Service, said Ferris, because they are carrying real mail. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept.12, riders will mount their horses and deliver the mail in relay fashion. The mail carries a special hand-stamped Pony Express Mail Run Station postmark just for that day.
“It takes one hour or a little longer to get to Madison,” said Ferris, a retired teacher. Fresh horses are stationed along the way for riders to switch out, just like the original Pony Express route, which began in 1860.
The Canaan Fall Festival kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, with a variety of vendors set up on the Village Square in Canaan until 10:30 p.m. It continues the next day from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities include an old-fashioned parade, pie baking contest, music, games and contests for children including frog jumping and a pedal pull, food, flea market, museum tours and antique tractors. Last year Scottish Highland games and music were added, said Ferris. They were such a hit they will be part of the 2015 festival.
For more information, contact Ferris at (812) 839-4770.
Hispanic Cultural Awareness Festival, Madison, Ind. In 2001, Shirley Kloepfer and Joy Brown started a festival to promote cultural awareness. They began the Hispanic Cultural Awareness Festival, held annually at the Broadway Fountain in downtown Madison, Ind. Kloepfer is now the sole coordinator of the event, but her and Brown have both been in the Peace Corps and involved in teaching English as a Second Language.
People they talked to “considered everyone who spoke Spanish to be Mexican, which is not always the case,” said Kloepfer. About 12 to 16 countries are represented at the festival, and the “focus is on the 21 countries where Spanish is the main language.” About 24 million people in the United States speak Spanish.
The festival takes place from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. In case of rain, the festival will move indoors to the Brown Gym.
Informational booths will showcase artifacts, food, videos showing the different traditions of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries, puppet shows and folk dancers will perform. The City of Madison and students of the English Speaking Languages classes she teaches at La Casa Amiga, the Hispanic Cultural Center in Madison, puts this festival on each year.
The purpose of the Hispanic Cultural Awareness Festival is also to expose the Hispanic culture to the businesses and services located in Madison, said Kloepfer. Brightly colored flags are hung each year to show the 21 countries represented in the festival.
This year’s festival is dedicated to the late Jane Jacobs, publisher of the Madison Courier who died in April at age 69 after losing a battle with cancer.
“She was always actively involved in the festival,” Kloepfer said. “We were both in the Peace Corps and involved in teaching ESL. She was on the board of La Casa Amiga.”
The Hispanic Cultural Awareness Festival is a unique way to sample a taste of different cultures by not going very far from home.
For more information contact Shirley Kloepher at (812) 273-4350.
Fall Old Court Days, Madison, Ind. Held twice a year, spring and fall, Old Court Days is the Pilot Club of Madison’s primary fundraiser. Booths will be set up all around the courthouse and second street in downtown Madison from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27.
Cindy Loveall-Lingenfelter, a member of the Pilot Club of Madison, said there “will be lots of handmade craft items.” The festival will feature arts and crafts, florals, antique jewelry, candles, soap, hand-painted glass, clothing as well as good food, antiques and collectibles. “There will be all kinds of new kid’s activities and street performers set up in different areas.”

The festival is free, but any proceeds made, such as renting booth space to vendors, goes toward scholarships awarded to several area senior students each year. For more information, visit: www.pilotclubofmadison.com.

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