Kentucky Apple Festival to return after two years | News

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After two years of cancellations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Apple Pageant is ready to return to Paintsville for its 58th iteration this fall.

In response to Apple Board Chairman Ray Tosti, the competition will retain its long-standing mission of serving native non-profit organizations and will probably be held on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, a Friday and Saturday. Tosti stated the competition will retain its conventional lay-out and have a carnival, meals cubicles, arts and crafts and all of its conventional occasions.

“We’re right here once more to assist the nonprofit organizations to satisfy or exceed their budgets for the yr,” Tosti stated. “That cash stays right here on Saturday night time, it doesn’t go away city. That’s why we’re right here.”

Tosti stated there have been no different motivations behind the earlier two years’ cancellations aside from attempting to look out for the general public security as greatest as doable, because the competition has at all times been a few homecoming of types and bringing far-flung households again collectively.

“The 2 years we didn’t have it, was due to the COVID virus, we simply needed to play it secure. Like my son that lives in Colorado stated, ‘The Apple Pageant is sort of a big homecoming, Dad,’ … you don’t come house on the Fourth of July, Memorial, Mom’s Day, Father’s Day. If you wish to see anyone you come house for the Apple Pageant,” Tosti stated. “It’s like a large household reunion … we’re hometown individuals, we simply needed to do what was proper.”

After the cancellations of the earlier two years, Tosti stated he believed there have been questions on which he needed to offer readability — one being that the Apple Board is certainly a public entity and all conferences are frequently scheduled and open to the general public, going down on the fourth Thursday of every month within the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Paintsville Annex Constructing at 5 p.m. Tosti stated every facet of the competition is ruled by completely different board members who’re in command of completely different components of the competition, from meals cubicles to arts and crafts and past.

One other challenge Tosti needed to deal with was a rumor he had heard that the Apple Board units the meals costs for nonprofit meals cubicles — which he stated was unfaithful, as the one perform the board serves on this capability is to ensure that the varied nonprofit meals distributors can agree on some type of standardization of their per-item costs to eradicate pointless competitors.

“We don’t set the costs. We’ve a concession assembly in July, with the entire nonprofits which might be promoting meals, and at that assembly, hypothetically, if each golf equipment are promoting hamburgers, one group can’t say they’re going to promote their hamburgers for $2.50 and one other set their value at $2, it’s important to agree at that assembly to promote on the identical value,” Tosti stated. “What I’ve advised the nonprofits all of those years is that what it’s important to bear in mind is that you simply’ve bought households which might be married with two children, and the way are they going to feed their complete household if a funnel cake is $10. Are you going to pay $40 for 4 funnel desserts … I’ve at all times advised them to please hold their costs low.”

Tosti inspired everybody, native and overseas, to return benefit from the weekend with family and friends.

“Come be a part of us for a weekend of fine meals, old school enjoyable and pleasant individuals,” Tosti stated.

Tosti requested that anybody in search of info concerning the competition go to the Apple Board’s web site on-line at,, or name the Johnson County Public Library at, (606)789-4355, or his personal telephone quantity at, (606) 789-7430, and go away a message.

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