40th Annual Clarksville Applefest

On October 13 and 14, area residents are invited to visit Clarksville for their 40th Annual Applefest. Clarksville, once home to three orchards, remembers its heritage with a Fall Festival. The event begins Saturday with a parade traveling north on Highway 79 for all watchers to enjoy and for children to bring home the candy and other goodies. To participate in this parade, please call Sue at 314-401-8686.

The Clarksville Missouri Library will also kick off their Big Big Annual Book Sale at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Beginning at 11 a.m. will be the annual Baby Contest in the Appleshed. Age categories for this contest are newborn to 6 months old, 7 months to 11 months old, along with 1 year old and 2 years old. There is a $3 entry fee for this contest. Call Alyx for information 636-358-9997. Trophies and ribbons to be presented.

Also at 11 a.m. Saturday will be the Grand Opening of The Lock. Owners Kyle and Whitney Raddatz have food trucks coming as well as two bands playing live music. The Lock will entertain until 6 p.m. at their South Highway 79 location.

“Get out your fiddle and rosin up your bow “ for the 31st Annual Clarksville Old Time Fiddle Contest.

This contest is held at the American Legion Building, located at 504 South 2nd St. This contest pays five places and trophies for three places Sign up at 1 p.m. with the contest beginning at 2 p.m. For information, call Mary Jane 573-754-2744 or Patty 573-754-0204.

“Apple Anything” will be held at 3 p.m. inside the Appleshed. This contest is for people who love to cook. Bring to the event your best apple recipe ready to sample. Judges will do their thing and then there will be a auction of the apple entries. The categories are Apple Pie, Cooked Apple and Baked Apple. Organizers want no foods needing refrigeration. Prizes are ready and waiting. For information, call Joanna at 573-754-2310.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, the event will have a Queen Contest held in the Appleshed at 2 p.m. This contest is open to all young ladies in 7th-12th grades. Registration deadline for this contest will be Saturday at 2 p.m. Call Kim for information and registration forms. Forms can be left at the Chamber Booth inside the Appleshed. There is a $10 fee. There are gifts as well as monetary prizes for this event.

The 43 Annual Art Show will take place this year inside the Appleshed. This show includes artwork by area students as well as an Art Show and Contest. Items will be featured on Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This will be the 40th year for the vendors inside and outside the Appleshed. There will be return vendors and a few new vendors. Be sure to look for Sherri Grote and her new series, “farm animals,” on reclaimed wood. They are open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Please visit the shops in Clarksville and see what they have to offer.

And oh yes, food…There will be BBQ at the VFW, a fried chicken dinner at the Methodist Church, and fish at the American Legion (Saturday only). Kettle corn, kabobs, pulled pork, ice cream, coffees, hot cider, apples, and much more will be available on both days.

If this does not interest you, maybe a day at the Eagles Bluff Golf Course would be good. The leaves on the trees are dressing up in their fall colors so watch for them as you drive in. Remember there is a beautiful park with a river view. Enjoy a unhurried, unspoiled, and unusual day in Clarksville.


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