The top royalty prize at the 2012 Marionville Applefest was Miss Applefest, for ages 14 through18. The winner, at center, was Abigail Farley, daughter of Rick and Angie Farley, sponsored by Abbey Lane Welding of Galena. First runner-up, at left, was Cheyenne Louderback, daughter of Rufus and Martha Louderback, sponsored by Park Lane Jewelry of Nixa. Second runner-up was Kierstyn Hillman, at right, daughter of Bill and Donna Hillman, sponsored by Wheeler Furniture of Aurora. [Photo by 2 Chix Photography]
The sun shone, the cool autumn breezes blew and the smell of BBQ, and funnel cakes drifted through the air this past weekend as an estimated 6,000 plus people attended Marionville's 24th annual Applefest.
This year's festival was a three-day event, beginning on Friday, Oct. 21.
The Applefest Pageant was held Friday evening on stage on the square and was a huge success with 63 participants. So many beautiful girls, the judges had a difficult time. Serving as judges were Candice Lourenco, Gail Church, Paula Weems and Sherry Royal. Brenda Edmondson tallied the scores.
Winner of the Tiny Miss Applefest contest, for girls age 2 and under, at the Applefest in Marionville was Kabriana Metcalf, at center, daughter of Ryan and Stacia Metcalf, sponsored by A Salon & Spa of Aurora. The first runner-up, at left, was Lillie Fraser, daughter of Kevin and Dana Fraser, sponsored by Lil Pals Childcare of Republic. The second runner-up, at right, was Laityn Koenig, daughter of Jeff and Shellney Koenig, sponsored by H&R Block of Springfield. [Photo by 2 Chix Photography]
The pageant master of ceremonies was Jennifer Smith, the 2002 Miss Missouri runner-up, wearing a gown provided by Gracie's Bridal of Springfield. Roses were provided by Smarts Insurance Agency. Chris Cook served as the escort. Entertainment was provided by A duo from the country music trio Totally unTamed, Jacy Taylor of Purdy and Rachel Wentler of Springfield. Mindy Gonseth was the coordinator of the pageant,
The pageant was followed by music from "Triple Shot," which had people dancing in the street until late evening with tunes from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Saturday kicked off with the annual parade which was over a mile and half long followed by the car show, held on Washington Street where 53 cars participated. According to organizers, this was the best car show Applefest has ever seen.
Winner of the Miss Apple Dumpling contest at the Marionville Applefest, for girls ages 6 through 9, was MaKenna Hartwigsen, at center, the daughter of Kenny and Michelle Hartwigsen, sponsored by Century 21 Family Tree of Aurora. MaHaylee Dotson-Monroe, at right, was the first runner-up, daughter of Willie Dotson-Monroe, Jennifer Rust and Linda Buhler. She was sponsored by Barton's Service Center in Aurora. The second runner-up was Lillian Burk, at left, daughter of Lance and Andrea Burk, sponsored by Colley Feed in Sarcoxie. [Photo by 2 Chix Photography]
The fun-packed weekend included: the Apple pie eating contest, Marionville Idol, Johnny Appleseed and Snow White contest, a Carnival, Zip line, entertainment by the Marionville Comet Pride Band, the Youth Stix Ministry, Rain Dogs, Gunshot Lizzy and the Ozark Mountain Jubilee.
After the retirement of the organizing committee following the 2011 Applefest, a new group organized to continue the annual event. The new committee adopted the slogan "We Will Survive."
This year the number of vendors' booths increased from 95 to 137.
The title of Miss Candy Apple, for girls ages 6 to 9, at the Marionville Applefest was won by Kenzee Arndt, at center, the daughter of Lavonna Arndt, sponsored by A' Static Salon in Monett. The first runner-up was Cherokee Keltner, at right, the daughter of Kevin and Leila Caddick and Randy Keltner, sponsored by House of Hair by Katie of Springfield. The second runner-up was Mikayla Keith, at left, the daughter of David and Laura Keith, sponsored by Center for Life Coaching and Counseling of Crane. [Photo by 2 Chix Photography]
Special support for the event was provided by Mayor Bob Duda, Pam Pierce, Aletha Smialek, Debbie Hughes, Mindy Gonseth, Gina Baltazar, Barbara Baltazar, Brenda Edmondson, Seth Forester, Cathy Kienenberger and Carol Kaye.
The Compound, Mayse Automotive and O'Reilly's Auto Parts sponsored the car show. Organizer of the event was Jeromy Coker (The Compound). Additional assistance was provided by Marionville Fire and Police, plus Barry Kienenberger and Kris Bowling, Clint Forester, Keith Rapp and Jack Rapp from the Street Department.
Monetary donations from Attorney Ryan Ricketts Office, Danny Clevenger, Bank of Billing, Marionville Lyons Club, Murphy's Orchard, Alice Irene's Restaurant , Smart Insurance and Marionville Pharmacy were greatly appreciated.
Winner of the Miss Apple Blossom contest, for girls ages 10 to 13, at the Marionville Applefest was Kymbra Kirby, at center, daughter of Shawn and Amy Kirby, sponsored by Xpozures Chinese Cresteds of Marionville. The first runner-up was Sydney Louderback, at right, daughter of Rufus and Martha Louderback, sponsored by Abbey Lane of Galena. The second runner-up was Reagan Schmidt, at left, daughter of Matt and Sabrina Schmidt, sponsored by Rocco's Pizza of Marionville. [Photo by 2 Chix Photography]
Applications are being excepted for the 25th Applefest in 2013.