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Apple Dumpling Days this weekend

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

The 4th Annual Apple Dumpling Days Fall Festival comes to downtown Friday night and Saturday.

Amanda Faulk, executive director of the Connersville Festival Committee, is excited for the busy weekend.

“Saturday there will be so much for kids to do from small train rides, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, and much more. We have four different contests with paid prizes. We brought the parade back and we haven’t had a Halloween Parade since the 1970’s. Everyone seems excited that we are trying to revive it and bring it back,” Faulk said. 

Vendors will be set up from 4th to 7th street.

On Friday evening, 4th and 5th streets will be shut down. From 4th to 7th street will be shut down all day Saturday.

Starting Friday at 6 p.m. there will be a free street concert featuring Miss Jacque and Save Tonight. Vendors, food trucks and a beer and wine garden will be set up. The Democrat Party headquarters at 426 Central Ave. will be selling apple dumplings.

“Having the free concerts is new this year; we have two paid bands,” Faulk said. “Last year it was all volunteer. I can’t remember there ever being a street concert downtown. Saturday we have over 70 vendors, last year we only had about 30 including the Farmers Market. Last year we fit them and all activities in the courthouse square, this year is completely different.”

Saturday will be full of activities starting at noon with a Halloween / fall parade.

From 1-6 p.m. street vendors will be set up along with food trucks, beer and wine garden, kids activities and local businesses will be open with special deals and sales.

A costume contest will be held at 1 p.m. right after the Halloween parade.

Parade lineup will begin at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church parking lot at 8th and Central. From 7th and Central the parade will head south to 5th Street and then turning right on 5th and disbursing at Western Avenue.

Those walking are required to dress up. All vehicles, floats, utility vehicles, recreational vehicles can join by decorating themselves and joining the contest for best decorated.

The costume contest will follow immediately in the courthouse parking lot. To be in the contest people can sign up during the parade lineup and receive a number to wear for judges.

The Facebook event has reached over 200,000 people. More than 10,000 have said they are coming or interested.

“We are really excited. We have been preparing for this for a year. I think this is going to be the biggest and best year yet,” Faulk said. “The weather is going to be great. We have worked really hard and I know we can make this our best festival yet.”

Schedule of events

Friday, Oct. 11

6-10 p.m.: Concert, food trucks, beer and wine garden

Saturday, Oct. 12

Noon: Halloween parade (line up starts 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church) 

1 p.m.: Costume contest

2 p.m.: Cornhole Tournament (register at noon)

2-4 p.m.: Geocache

4 p.m.: Scavenger hunt

1-5 p.m.: Chalk the Block Art Contest 

1-6 p.m.: Kids Corner on Courthouse square

1-6 p.m.: Vendors

1 to 10 p.m.: Food trucks

6-10 p.m.: Fayette County Idol Contest