An adjacent tent boasts children’s activities at eight stations, including panning for gold; making bread dough; looking at Indian artifacts, pioneer books and a ringer washer; making friendship bracelets after carding wool; creating more crafts, such as paper doll chains and optical illusions; and playing with vintage wooden toys. When kids are accompanied by parents and grandparents, “it becomes a story tent,” reports Dickey. “These stories just start coming out” as elders reminisce about days gone by.
Entertainment headliner Hogeye Navvy, also sponsored by BMPL, has performed at the fest before. The sound of the Indianapolis-based acoustic quartet blends vocals, guitar, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, bodhran and fiddle.
Bandmate Mac Bellner says, “This year at Applefest, our focus is on Americana, so we will be doing things that tell stories of American history and experience. This will include sea chanteys, too, and some of the Hogeye Navvy favorites. We encourage people to make requests for songs they really want to hear.” He adds, “We find the audiences there so warm and receptive, and would like to take them with us wherever we go!”
Other music will be presented by Dimick and Batesville’s Eureka Band, perhaps America’s oldest continuous community group. The Hoosier Hoedowners Dance Troop will highlight country tunes.
Tykes also will enjoy inflatable bounce houses organized by Denean Williams. The Girl Scouts are going to have about a half dozen games of chance for little kids. Trackless train rides will be another option.
Kiwanians will cook a nonstop menu that includes burgers, hot dogs, brats, metts, apple and goetta sausages and pork tenderloin sandwiches. Batesville Lions will serve steak sandwiches, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church members will offer up smoked pork sandwiches and apple dumplings and Boy Scouts will make their traditional cobbler. Vendors will add more variety, selling apple slices drizzled in caramel, caramel apples, kettle corn, smoked pork and chicken burritos, pizza and Hawaiian shaved ice.