Reid’s Apple Festival
October 15th, 10:00-6:00
October 16th, 12:00 – 6:00
Always interested in how they could give back to their local community, Billy and Kathy Reid started the Apple Festival as way to invite the community together to celebrate, educate, and provide for one another. Together they visited area festivals to see what they could offer to bring their community together on their family farm. With connections through family and friends they organized crafters, food booths, wagon rides, etc … and the Apple Festival was born on an idea of giving back, promoting homegrown produce, as well as a whole lot of community help!
Fun Fact: The Apple Festival was originally going to be christened The Pumpkin Festival due to being held in the Fall of the year, but was changed just one week prior to the festival’s debut. The Reid’s decided to go with the name The Apple Festival because after all, “That’s what we’re all about!
The Apple Festival started off with a mere 20 craft booths, three little rides for the younger children, and approximately 8 food booths. The Thruston Fire Dept has also attended the past 20 years to teach fire safety and to be on hand for minor emergencies.
Fun Fact: The Daviess County Pork Producers showed up for the first Apple Festival with their lawn chairs prepared to relax as they cooked their famous pork sandwiches for festival goers, but they were so busy that they never got to use them.
Craft Booths: In the beginning, we wanted people to demonstrate their craft for the crowd. The craft booths have grown from 20 to 90 handmade craft booths. We still encourage people to demo their craft today.
Carnival Rides: A local family business, Casey Rides, has provided entertainment for children from the very first year. The first year they started off with 3 little rides for the younger children. Today they bring around 20 rides & activities for all age groups.
Food Booths: Several food booths were organized by community organizations which in turn donated their profits back to the community. Come hungry and prepare to eat like a king on variety of delicious foods!
Non-Profit Fund Raisers: The Apple Festival quickly gained a loyal following from people all over and the Reid’s realized they couldn’t park all the cars coming to the festival, so parking cars became a fund raiser for 3 non-profit groups in Owensboro.
Over the years the Apple Festival has become a family affair where the children enjoy the play area and carnival rides, the ladies enjoy shopping throughout the variety of craft booths and the men enjoy sampling the many foods at the food booths. During the festival, many people make a day of it with a plan of action of how they are going to make the most of their day. They know what they are going to eat at the festival and what they are taking home to enjoy later. If they don’t have time or the room in their tummies for a Caramel Apple Sundae then why not get one to go?
What’s New? As Reid’s farm operation grew they added a playground, “Reidland,” which provided an opportunity for another fund raiser for a nonprofit group. This area also includes a petting zoo and horse rides. Our Events Building added a larger picnic area for the festival where we also host several bands for entertainment.
An event that has something for the whole family, Reid’s Apple Festival draws people from the community and many neighboring states. With more than 20 food booths, 90 crafts booths, various entertainment, demonstrations and carnival rides you’ll surely find something to do.
The festival was named a Top 10 event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 event by the southeast Tourism Society which covers eleven states. Save these dates on your calendar.
2016 Apple Festival dates
Saturday, Oct 15th – 10am-6pm
Sunday, Oct 16th – 12pm-6pm
If you are interested in a booth for handmade crafts for the year 2016 contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave your address so you will be placed on the mailing list for 2016. Also, leave a description of your craft. We only have booths for handmade crafts.