Area residents may want to mark their calendars now in order to attend Marionville's "Red, White and Blue" Applefest taking place this weekend.
This year's event features, red apples, white squirrels and blue Comets.
The event is slated to get underway at noon on Friday, with special guests from Wildlife Safari on display from 2 to 6 p.m. They include a white camel, alpaca, a monkey and a liger, which is a cross between a lion and a tiger.
Funtime Shows will be on hand to offer carnival rides and games of chance from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday on South Central Street. Wristbands may be purchased at a cost of $15.
Saturday's festivities kick off with the annual parade at 10 a.m. The parade route begins at the Marionville school and will proceed north to Lyon Street then west to Missouri Street. The parade route is highlighted in this year's Applefest books, which may be picked up at participating merchants.
Marionville City Park will be home to the annual car show, set for Saturday.
A pie eating contest, featuring the apple variety, is also planned for Saturday. Contestants will pay an entry fee and take part in the timed event. The winner will be the person who ate the most pie in the shortest amount of time and will receive all the proceeds from the event.
The Kathy Duda Crafters Award will be presented to the booth displaying the most craftsmanship. The award is in honor of the late Kathy Duda, who was an avid crafter.
For more information, call 417-463-2507 or 417-258-2269.