Marionville Applefest falls on Sept. 15-16

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Parade, contests, live entertainment scheduled

Plans are in place for the 29th annual celebration of Applefest in Marionville, slated for Sept. 15 and 16 in the downtown district.

Activities will begin at noon on Sept. 15 in the town square. There will be vendors offering a variety of food items made from apples, as well as crafts and games. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be the Applefest Pageant, with entertainment provided around 7:30 p.m. by Just Us.

In addition, Kidz Zone children's entertainment will be offered at 7 p.m., with activities, face painting, wiggle cars, foam blocks, sand play and balloon art. The band Better Than Nothin' will play country music from the stage in the square from 9-11 p.m.

On Saturday, the festival will open at 9 a.m. The parade lineup will begin at the elementary school, and the parade will be held at 10 a.m. An official opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

The person most dressed like Johnny Appleseed in the parade will win a $25 prize, as will the person most dressed like Snow White.

The pie contest begins at noon, followed by the pie eating contest. The Marionville Idol contest will begin at 2 p.m. A fireworks show provided by Clayton's Pyrotechnics will start at 8 p.m.

Live entertainment will start at 11:05 a.m. with Sara Smith, followed by Gotta Dance at 11:30 a.m., Tony Ingerson at 12:45 p.m., Wildberry at 4:15 p.m., Pastor John and Barbra Conn at 6:15 p.m., Sanctified Southern Gospel at 7:15 p.m. and the Eddie Valen Band at 8:10 p.m.

A city-wide garage sale is also planned.

This year's 2017 Golden Apple award, given in recognition of community service, will go to Lee Miller and his wife, Deb. Miller has served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Marionville for 12 years.

Additional information is available via email from Volunteers are welcome to help organizers.

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