Special to the Courier

It is the time of year when apples are celebrated, and for Kentuckiana that means the Trimble County Apple Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be plenty of apples in many forms – such as bloomin’ apples, caramel apples, apple dumplings –as well as an apple pie contest. The festival also will have pageants, around 80 vendors, music, contests and a raffle for a quilt.

The festival will be on the Courthouse Square in Bedford, Kentucky, which is 12 miles south of Milton, Kentucky, on U.S. 421. It is free. Parking will be available at churches and schools within walking distance.

The festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Contestants in the pageants, who must have already registered, should arrive by 9:30 or 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The pageants will begin at 10 a.m. at the stage on the Courthouse Square.

Booths will include 10 food vendors, fresh produce and demonstrations of how to make hand-crafted items.

The Trimble County Public Library will provide activities for children and there will be contests for teens and adults also.

Anyone can enter an apple pie in the contest. There is a limit of one pie per person. The pies must be in disposable aluminum pie plates, and pies can contain no dairy because there will be no refrigeration. The recipe must accompany each pie.

Pies should be taken to New Life Assembly of God Church on the Courthouse Square. Judging will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the stage on the Courthouse Square. Winners will be announced and pies will be auctioned at 3:30 p.m. Winners do not have to be present. First place will receive $100 and a ribbon, second place will receive $50 and a ribbon, and third place will receive $25 and a ribbon.

Infinite Realm will perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Before the start of the festival Sunday, there will be a nondenominational worship service at 11 a.m. with music by Silent Praise Ministry.

South of Heaven Ministries will take the stage at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by Ms. Golden Apple at 2 p.m. and Young Country at 3 p.m.

One contest, primarily for children, is the Apple Cider Relay for teams of four to see which team can carry a cup of colored liquid (not cider) on a tray and spill the least amount.. Good walking shoes are advised, said Sue Fisher of the festival committee. The relay will start at 3 p.m. Sunday. Contestants who have not registered already should arrive early at the stage.

Also at 3 pm. Sunday, Young Country will entertain.

The quilt to be raffled was made by the Trimble Thimbles. Tickets will be $1 each or six tickets for $5. The raffle will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Part of the money raised at the festival goes to community groups. Last year, the Trimble County High School Project Prom received a grant. Groups that helped with the festival last year each received a donation. They were Boy Scout Troop 213, New Life Assembly of God Church, Trimble County High School boys basketball, TCHS cheerleaders, Trimble County Archery, Trimble County Girl Scouts and Trimble Klunkers.

The first Apple Festival was in 1990 to spotlight Trimble County products, especially apples because there were more orchards in the county then, the festival organizers said. Money raised was to be spent on beautification. As a result, 300 cherry and Bradford pear trees were planted.

There was no festival in 2002. The sponsoring group has been reorganized a couple of times. In 2014, Trimble County Apple Festival Inc. received its 501c(3) tax-exempt status, so donations to it are tax-deductible. The festival’s mission is “to raise funds for local school, civic and community groups or activities which support and promote the betterment of our children, citizens and/or community.”

Canaan Fall Festival

The Pony Express will be riding again at the 54th Canaan Fall Festival Friday and Saturday in northeastern Jefferson County. Attendees from Madison should take State Road 62 because State Road 250 is closed east of U.S. 421 for major construction. Vendors will open booths at 3 p.m. Friday to start the festival. The Country Kickers line and partner dancing will entertain at 5 p.m., followed by the Keith Swinney Band at 7 p.m. The honorary mayors of Canaan, Ed and Bonnie Roberts, will be featured in the parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The 52nd U.S. Pony Express Mail Run ceremony will follow at 1 p.m. There will be booths for food, homemade ice cream, arts and crafts, art exhibits and a variety of vendors. Parking, which is free, will be in a field on State Road 62.

Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park will offer four activities this weekend. Ask at the gate for directions if you do not know the park.

1. A one-hour Waterfall Hike at 10 a.m. Saturday through one of the most scenic sections of Clifty Canyon. Five waterfalls can be seen along the way. Meet at Clifty Shelter.

2. A Tunnel Tour at 1 p.m. Saturday. The naturalist will take you through Brough’s tunnel. Meet at Oak Grove shelter for this rugged 45-minute hike. Bring a flashlight and be prepared to get your feet wet!

3. Nature Sketching will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. Meet at Clifty Shelter for a two-hour workshop with a naturalist. There will be drawing boards for use. Participants must supply their own drawing paper/pad, pencils, charcoal, and camping chairs. Pre-registration is required for this program, with 10 spots available. Call 812-273-0609 to register.

4. Vulture Venture begins at 2 p.m. Sunday. Go to the Nature Center for a short easy hike to discover the differences in black vultures and turkey vultures. Learn about their unique habits during this 30-minute program. Take your binoculars!

Thomas Family Winery

The Chestnuts will be at Thomas Family Winery on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Americana-based family unit features vocal harmonies and expert guitar work.

Big Oaks to host

Old Timbers Lodge

The Big Oaks Conservation Society is hosting an open house at the historic Old Timbers Lodge Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 pm. The Society will offer tours of the Lodge and provide light refreshments and refuge staff will also offer short tours of portions of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. The lodge is on a scenic overlook of Graham Creek just off K Road in the northeast corner of the refuge. Access to the Lodge will be from 2 gates on Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Gate 1A (the gate on the east perimeter road near the white gate house) and Gate 8, about 1 mile south of New Marion on Old Michigan Road.