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09/30/2010 - 31st Annual Old Tyme Apple Festival - Versailles, MO

Fall at Lake of the Ozarks, it's hard to believe that it's here already. Not just because it seems the Summer flew by, but also because the weather here is fantastic and the lake temperature is still warm enough for a swim.

With the Fall Seasons comes a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the season. Fall means Apples, and the City of Versailles is holding the 31st Annual Old Tyme Apple Festival on Saturday, October 2, 2010. As the city of Versailles turns 175, the Old Tyme Apple Festival, which typically attracts 30,000-plus visitors, will celebrate with the theme, "American As Apple Pie."  Appropriately, one of the event's highlights will be the apple-pie baking contest; entries will be accepted on Friday, Oct. 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morgan County Courthouse. Winners will be announced the next day at noon, followed by a lively apple pie auction, at Monroe and Jasper Streets. The Apple King and Queen will be crowned at 5:30 p.m., Friday, at the courthouse, and the Baby Dumpling and Apple Dumplin & Darlin contests will be held starting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, at the First Baptist Church.

Many of the 100-plus entries in the always anticipated Apple Festival Parade, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, will be decked out in bright red apple finery. The parade, departing from Brown Road at Hwy. 52 and winding through downtown Versailles, will include more than 80 floats, plus clowns, bands, horses, classic cars and much more; it usually lasts about one and one-half hours.

Naturally, apples will be prominently featured among the 450-plus food and crafts vendors who will set up shop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Versailles. Other delectable food will be available at the Pancake Breakfast, starting at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, and at the German Dinner at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Grace Lutheran Church.

By popular demand, a competition to create large, three-dimensional apple sculptures by regional artists and artisans will return to the Apple Festival for the second year. Last year's winning sculpture by welder Ric Davenport - a two-foot by two-foot, three-dimensional apple fashioned of aluminum--will be installed on a four-foot concrete at the Chamber's "mini-orchard" at the junction of Highways 5 and 52. Prizes will be $250 for first place, $150 second place, $75 third place.

Other events that will be taking place at the festival include:

On Friday:
*Car enthusiasts will enjoy the Apple Bash & Car Cruise at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Sock Hop at the B&B Drive-In.

*A Burnout contest, in which drivers spin their wheels to create the largest amount of smoke, is set for 7 p.m. at D&R Auto.

On Saturday:

*Wake up early for the 5K and Super Senior 5K Runs (7 a.m.), the 2-Mile Walk (7:15 a.m.), and the half-mile Kids Fun Run (8 a.m.), all at Versailles High School.

*At 9 a.m., the Kids Fun Zone will open at 9 a.m. on North Monroe Street and the Tractor & Engine Display will open on Newton Street.

*A juried Quilt Show will be on display at the Hunter Civic Center from 12-5 p.m.

*The fascinating circa-1877 Morgan County Historical Society Museum will offer discounted tours, 12-4 p.m.

*The Big Boys Toys Car Club will sponsor its popular annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at Versailles City Park; registration will start at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

*And the annual Tractor Show, starting at 8 a.m. at Ozark Wheels, will bring together some of the area's best antique and collectible tractors.

Theatre and music also will be offered in conjunction with the festival. "White Christmas," the musical based on the beloved 1940 holiday song by Irving Berlin, will be performed at 7 p.m. On October 1 & 2 at the historic Royal Theatre, tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children and students. The roots and rockabilly band Rumblestrip will be featured on the main stage from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., and 1-5 p.m. Other country, gospel and blues bands will perform on several stages in the downtown area throughout the day. A crowd-pleasing Fiddlers Contest also will be held at 1 p.m. at the Royal Theater; admission will be $1. This judged event attracts fiddlers from all over the region, including children and old-timers.

The festival's grand finale will be a Compact-Car Figure 8 Race and "Tuff" Truck Challenge, both offering cash prizes, at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Versailles Lions Club.

A 3-Person Scramble Golf Tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club will wrap up the weekend, starting at noon on Sunday.

Shuttles will provide transportation from parking lots to festival event sites for just $1 for all day Saturday. The Old Tyme Apple Festival is a great mix of entertainment, awesome food and activities. With so much to choose from, everyone should have a great time. And best of all, the price is right "free!" So get outside, enjoy the weather and festivities and some home made Apple Pie!

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