Ap­ple Fes­ti­val Dream Be­comes Re­al­ity In 1976

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - APPLE FESTIVAL -

Edi­tor’s note: The fol­low­ing is the ar­ti­cle on the front page of the Lin­coln Leader printed in 1976, declar­ing that the “First Ap­ple Fes­ti­val (is) Ready.”

LIN­COLN — What be­gan as a dream in mid-1975 will be­come a re­al­ity tonight when the four-day fes­tiv­i­ties of the first an­nual Arkansas Ap­ple Fes­ti­val be­gins.

Af­ter more than a year of plan­ning, this cel­e­bra­tion will be the re­sult of count­less hours of work by many men and women who wanted to see Lin­coln rec­og­nized as the Ap­ple Cap­i­tal of Arkansas.

Tonight, at 7:30, 19 girls be­tween the ages of 15 and 19 will gather at the Lin­coln School Cafe­to­rium to com­pete for the ti­tle of Miss Ap­ple Har­vest. This beauty pageant, spon­sored by the Mrs. Jaycees of Lin­coln will kick­off the Ap­ple Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tion.

Con­tes­tants will be judged on the ba­sis of beauty, poise, per­son­al­ity and tal­ent. Out-of-town judges as­signed the task of choos­ing the first Ap­ple Har­vest Queen are Mar­i­lyn Ed­wards, Pat Lewis, Ken Coon, Ge­orge and Eve­lyn Jones and Lynn Parks.

The belle se­lected as Miss Ap­ple Har­vest Queen will re­ceive a tro­phy and a $100 sav­ings bond. She will be the grand mar­shal at the fes­ti­val pa­rade. Se­cond and third place run­ners-up will re­ceive tro­phies and a $25 sav­ings bond.

The west side of the town square will be roped off tonight at 9 p.m. for a street square dance. Adult square dance groups from all over north­west Arkansas will be on hand to demon­strate the tra­di­tional square dance which has been an im­por­tant part of Amer­i­can life since the early pi­o­neer days.

Mrs. Ed­die Mor­ris, direc­tor of the street dance, an­nounced this week mu­sic for the event will be pro­vided by the Ozark Coun­try Play­boys. She in­vites ev­ery­one to bring their chairs and blan­kets and watch the many groups who will be per­form­ing. Ad­mis­sion to the street dance is free.

Thurs­day even­ing also marks the open­ing of the Jaycee-spon­sored car­ni­val booths. All pro­ceeds from the booths will be used to com­plete the Lin­coln City Park.

Fri­day morn­ing at 10 a.m., ap­prox­i­mately 68 booths will open for the arts and crafts fair seg­ment of the fes­ti­val. The booths will be lo­cated in the park on the town square and will fea­ture all types of art forms such as leather craft, hand-thrown pot­tery, wood carving, sand paint­ing, china paint­ing, tole paint­ing, bas­ket weav­ing and quilts. Other items which may be pur­chased dur­ing the arts and crafts fair are purses, home­made dolls, dried ap­ple dolls, plas­ter and ceramic items, ap­ple jelly, ap­ple but­ter, ap­ple pies and ap­ple omelets.

“The re­sponse to the arts and crafts fair is far more than I ever an­tic­i­pated,” said the fair chair­man, Sharon Swain.

The arts and crafts booths will be open Oc­to­ber 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. un­til 6 p.m.

The Lin­coln Amer­i­can Legion Beaty Bibb Post 171 will host the first an­nual Ap­ple Har­vest Ball at the Legion Hut on Fri­day night start­ing at 9 p.m. Post Com­man­der Bill Rodgers an­nounced mu­sic for the ball will be pro­vided by the New Muskrat Ramblers. Ad­mis­sion to the dance is $2 per per­son.

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 9 is slated to be the big­gest day of events dur­ing the fes­ti­val. At­trac­tions in­clude youth square dance ex­hi­bi­tions from 10 a.m. un­til 2 p.m. on the west side of the square.

Mary Fran­cis Daugh­erty, co­or­di­na­tor of this event, said ap­prox­i­mately 35 dance groups will be per­form­ing.

The Arkansas Art­mo­bile, an ex­hi­bi­tion gallery in minia­ture, fea­tur­ing Amer­i­can folk art from 1790 to 1970, will be open from 10 a.m. un­til 6 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day. The dis­play in­cludes works from the Na­tional Gallery’s Edgar Wil­liam and Ber­nice Chrysler Gar­bisch col­lec­tion. The 40-foot mo­bile unit, which houses the dis­play, con­tains mu­seum-type walls and spe­cially de­signed light­ing.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Huene­feld are in charge of the art­mo­bile while it is in Lin­coln. Ad­mis­sion to the minia­ture art gallery is free.

At high noon on Satur­day, vis­i­tors at the Ap­ple Fes­ti­val will be able to watch, or par­tic­i­pate in, the first Ap­ple Core Throw­ing con­test. Frank Holt, prom­i­nent ap­ple grower, has vol­un­teered his ser­vices and those of his an­tique ap­ple cor­ing ma­chine for this event. With the aid of this unique ma­chine, Holt will be able to uni­formly core ap­ples which par­tic­i­pants in the con­test will use to try and ob­tain a world record for toss­ing. This test of strength, ac­cu­racy, aero­dy­nam­ics and luck will take place on the north side of the square in front of the Sum­mers Bu­tane of­fice.

Tro­phies, which have been pro­vided by Holt, will be given to win­ners in four cat­e­gories: Males un­der 12 and males over 12; fe­males un­der 12 and fe­males over 12. En­try fee for this big sport­ing event is 25 cents a core.

The Arkansas Ap­ple Fes­ti­val pa­rade will be­gin at 3 p.m. Satur­day. Pa­rade en­trants in nine cat­e­gories will be vy­ing for the 18 tro­phies which have been do­nated by the Lin­coln of­fice of Amer­i­can Sav­ings and Loan As­so­ci­a­tion. This year’s pa­rade theme is “Ap­ples on Pa­rade.” March­ing bands, floats, clowns, van clubs, an­tique cars and a minia­ture mule­drawn buck­board are just a few of the pa­rade fea­tures.

All groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade must have their en­try forms in to Mrs. Ina Faye Hud­gens at the Bank of Lin­coln by 3 p.m. on Fri­day.

High­light of Satur­day’s Ap­ple Fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties will be the con­cert per­for­mance of coun­try-west­ern su­per­star David Al­lan Coe. Coe will ap­pear at the Lin­coln “Wolves Den” gym­na­sium at 8 p.m.

Ad­vance tick­ets for the one-per­for­mance con­cert are on sale at many Lin­coln busi­nesses. Tick­ets will be on sale at a spe­cial booth Fri­day and Satur­day of the fes­ti­val.

Ad­vance tick­ets are $4 for adults and $2 for chil­dren un­der 12. Tick­ets pur­chased at the door on Satur­day night will cost $5 for adults and $3 for chil­dren un­der 12.

Sun­day’s fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the day-long arts and crafts fair and an af­ter­noon hoo­te­nanny to be held at the gazebo on the square. The mu­si­cal event is sched­uled to start at 1 p.m. Artists who have al­ready vol­un­teered to per­form at the hoo­te­nanny are The Fair­field Trav­el­ers, the Golden Har­vest Quar­tet, the Cal­vary Echoes, Buster John­son and the Amer­i­can Pa­tri­ots.

The plan­ning is over. The first an­nual Arkansas Ap­ple Fes­ti­val is just a few hours away.

The Ap­ple Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, which is headed by Ron­nie Allen, in­vites ev­ery­one to at­tend this long awaited event which marks the end of the Bi­cen­ten­nial ac­tiv­i­ties for the city of Lin­coln.

“The plan­ning is over. The first an­nual Arkansas Ap­ple Fes­ti­val is just a few hours away.”

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