It’s almost time for the annual Kentucky Apple Festival held in Paintsville, Kentucky. The 2010 Festival is the 48th showing and runs from October 1-2. This year’s theme is “A Slice of Heaven” and while the theme may change every year, the good food and great times do not.
If the town of Paintsville, Kentucky sounds familiar to you it’s probably because that’s where Butcher Hollow is located, the home of famed country singer Loretta Lynn. Paintsville is a small scenic town located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and is ideal for holding an apple festival on a crisp autumn day.
You may not know that Paintsville, located in Johnson County, became a “wet” city in June, 2009 for the first time since 1945. Additionally, Paintsville received a grant in May, 2009 to redevelop Main Street with the goal of making it one of the city’s popular shopping districts again.
Here are some details about the 48th Kentucky Apple Festival 2010:
When – October 1-2, 2010
Events – Amusement rides, 5K Apple Run (8:00 am Saturday), arts and crafts, Gospel Sing, Quilt Block contest, square dancing, clogging, Crank-it-Up Stereo competition, bike show, baby contests, and Ducky Derby.
Additionally, there is a flea market, merchants market, jeopardy challenge, a terrapin trot, train ride, climbing wall, auto shows, an apple festival parade, karaoke contest and arts and crafts from people all over the United States.
Music – Music is a huge part of the Kentucky Apple Festival and this year there will be plenty of talent including Why Not Now, Countess Regrets, Prodigy, Saving Grace, Kevin & Bek, and Seize the Day which perform on Friday as do the Johnson County High School Singers and Stage Band.
On Saturday, Appalachian Rain, Bluegrass Riot, High Caliber Grass, Rocky Knob Ramblers, Tyler Childers, Nicole Pennington, The Tailor Made Band, Bronson Bush & Head South, Ryan Ross, J. D. Shelburne, and finally Justin David will perform.
Food – Apples, of course! The Kentucky Apple Festival is known for its Tiger Ears and Fried Apple Pies. There are plenty of food concessions with many delicious food choices.
Pageants – One of the biggest attractions of the Kentucky Apple Festival is the pageants including the following: Jr. Miss Apple Blossom Pageant, Mini Prince and Princess Pageants, Miss Apple Blossom Pageant, Pre-teen Miss Apple Blossom Pageant, and the Prince and Princess Pageants.
Accommodations/Lodging – If you are traveling from out of town, there are a number of places to lodge including: Days Inn at 512 South May Trail in Paintsville (phone 800-329-7466); Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky (phone 800-325-0142); Microtel Inn in Prestonsburg (phone 888-771-7171); Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Paintsville (800-951-4242); Comfort Suites in Prestonsburg (phone 606-886-2555); and Heritage House Hotel in Prestonsburg (phone 606-886-0001).
Travel Time – Approximate travels times and distances are:
Lexington – 2.5 hr drive, approximately 125 miles
London – 2 hr 15 min, 115 miles
Knoxville, TN – 4 hours, 215 miles
Bristol, VA – 3 hours, 150 miles