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September 28, 2011

Covington prepares for annual Apple Fest

COVINGTON, Ind. — Autumn and apples go together in Covington, and the community is getting ready for its 21st annual Apple Fest around the courthouse square.

“We buy all our apples from Coffing Brothers and resell them,” said Helen Shelby, who has returned as co-chairwoman this year.

She and Margaret Woodrow agreed to head the Apple Fest this year, but they are looking for other members of the Covington Business Association to step forward next year.

The Apple Fest will be Saturday, with music and some booths open Friday night.

Booths and vendors have filled all the spots on the east and north side of the courthouse square.

“We have 86 booths reserved,” Woodrow said. “We probably will have 100. We usually do. There is a variety.”

Vendors will sell apple products, such as apple pies and caramel apples, fall decorations and various other food items and crafts. Several service organizations will provide information.

“We have had a good response,” Woodrow said. “I’m thrilled that we are filling up.”

The Covington High School marching band and other local talent will be featured on the stage throughout the day. Music will be featured Friday night and some of the vendors will be open that night.

“We try to feature local people,” Shelby said.

Boys and girls ages 4-8 can enter the Johnny Appleseed and Little Miss Apple of Your Eye contests.

KISS Country 103.1 FM and KOOL 92.9 FM will sponsor a car, truck and motorcycle show. The firefighters are sponsoring a pancake breakfast, and the Masons will have a fish fry.

The Apple Fest got its start during a CBA meeting at the Courthouse Cafe, when the late Joan Cline, a former Apple Fest co-chairwoman, suggested that Covington have an apple festival. Teaming up with Coffing Brothers Orchard, they have made the Apple Fest one of the premier fall events in the area.

“We bought the Christmas decorations downtown, and we help the school and the food pantry,” Shelby said. “We did the welcome signs to Covington.”

Woodrow said the community is behind the festival, adding, “I feel we get pretty good support.”

“Some families (from out of town) come in that day,” Shelby said. “Families make it a big day.”

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