FESTIVAL FUN: Kaitlyn Zimmerman of Bedford, Ky. gets her face painted by Destiny Goff during the 2012 Trimble County Apple Festival. (Courier file photo by David Hill)
FESTIVAL FUN: Kaitlyn Zimmerman of Bedford, Ky. gets her face painted by Destiny Goff during the 2012 Trimble County Apple Festival. (Courier file photo by David Hill)
Several vendors and festival activities return to the annual Trimble County Apple Festival along with a few first-time events to help visitors get to know the area.

Festival organizer Sue Fisher expects nearly 75 vendors for the two-day festival, which begins Saturday around the Trimble County Courthouse square in Bedford. This year's festival could be one of the biggest in recent history, Fisher said, since more vendors have signed up.

There will be a variety of food available throughout the weekend, she said, as well as other arts and crafts booths around the Courthouse Square. Cajun-style cooking, barbeque and festival favorites from local schools and organizations will be available, along with other antiques and collectibles.

Several pageants and music events are planned throughout the first day of the festival, along with the new "Walk Thru Bedford" event highlighting businesses in the town, Fisher said.

Ten business locations identified on a map plan to stay open on Saturday for people to visit and earn stamps for a grand-prize drawing on Sunday.

"We're trying to get people acquainted with our town," Fisher said.

A television and other prizes will be drawn from the completed entries from "Walk Thru Bedford" event participants. Participants do not have to be present to win on Sunday when the winners are announced, she said.

The annual Apple Pie Contest will take place on Saturday too. Bakers should take their entries to the New Life Assembly of God Church on the Courthouse square in Bedford from 10 to 11 a.m.

Anyone may enter a pie, but the rules state that only one entry per person may be submitted.

"It seems to be a dying art lately," Fisher said of the pie-making contest.

Disposable aluminum pie plates must be used for the contest, and pies should not contain any dairy as refrigeration is not available.

Participants in the contest should submit the recipe for the pie with each entry, and pie entries will be auctioned off at the end of the contest to benefit the Apple Festival.

Pies will be judged on appearance, color, thickness, texture, flakiness, lightness of crust and filling flavor. Cash prizes and a ribbon will be given for the top three pies.

The Trimble County Apple Festival pageants will take place Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with music scheduled throughout the day on the stage.

Sunday's events begin with a non-denominational community worship service at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse square. The Apple Cider Relay Race and other concerts will take place throughout Sunday before the Apple Festival Quilt Raffle and "Walk Thru Bedford" winner is announced at the end of the weekend event.