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Apple Dumpling Days returns

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Fall is just around the corner and Connersville will be celebrating Apple Dumpling Days this week.

“This is the third year for the Apple Dumpling Days festival,” Amanda Faulk, the city’s Festivals and Events Committee chairwoman, said. “My hope is to bring a family-friendly festival to our community for all to enjoy. We have a lot of great activities going on this weekend. I hope a lot of people come out and participate.”

Festivities on Friday are from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday’s activities are noon to 10 p.m.

Friday will include a variety show by Imagine Performing Arts, a magic show by Ryan Siebert, train rides and yard/museum tours, kids corner crafts and games, Historical Museum tours, beer garden, wine tasting and five food trucks. Friday festivities will be on Central Avenue from 4th to 5th streets and from Grand to Central on 5th Street. 

Saturday begins with a parade at noon. Activities will expand up Central to 7th Street.

There will be live music, wine tasting, beer garden, farmers market, Historical Museum tours, kids corner crafts and games, cowboy train, train rides and yard/museum tours, art demos by the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, five food trucks and over 25 vendors.

Saturday’s musical lineup includes Rockafellers, Wes Miller, Funk Yard Dogs, Chris Henry and the Countrymen Band, Briarstone, Sweetwater, Caleb Daughtery and Rise Above. Music will be from 2-9 p.m.

Money made from the event from vendor spaces will be used for future festivals.

“The vendors each make their own money for their own businesses or fund raising. The fee for vendor space will go back to the Festival Committee budget to fund future projects,” Faulk said.

“The Fayette County Foundation provided a grant for the entertainment portion of the festival. We are very thankful for that.”

For details, visit Connersville Festivals and Events on Facebook. For more information about the festival, contact Faulk, 765-265-6698.