Sports cars, big and little royals, musicians, crafters, chefs, business folks, nonprofit groups and – drumroll, please – apples will all converge on Liberty Park for Batesville’s 24th Applefest. The celebration presented by the city’s Kiwanis Club is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chairman Jay Reichmuth is hopeful Hoosiers will continue to support the weekend. “It’s an inexpensive afternoon out on a nice fall day. Enjoy some good food and good crafts.” He’s excited about one fresh attraction if the weather cooperates. “We’re going to have a cruise-in by the Corvette Club of Hamilton, Ohio” (please see schedule in box).
Right before the fest officially opens, the second annual Mayor’s Youth Council Trail Trek walk/run will draw athletes to the park. Participants can select one of two routes, 1.75 miles and 5 kilometers. Each contestant will receive a goody bag and there will be drawings for a YMCA family day pass, restaurant gift certificates and more prizes.
The cost to participate is $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more, less than last year “to make the event more affordable,” explains sponsor Teri Fledderman. Proceeds will be used to maintain the Liberty Trail, the first phase of the city’s trail system. Registration forms are available at www.batesvilleindiana.us and The Herald-Tribune office, Memorial Building, YMCA, library and Sherman House.
History buffs and fans of the “Little House on the Prairie” books and TV show can visit two Pioneer Living Tents organized by Batesville Memorial Public Library staffers. “You’re actually going to be able to grind wheat into flour and take it home with you” at a station manned by Matt Nobbe. “You can make butter on the spot” with the assistance of Marlene Emsweller and her children, who will provide old farm tools, according to Reichmuth. Folk musician Larry Dimick will let visitors play some of his 15 instruments and make rhythm instruments to take home, reports Sandra Dickey, head of youth services.