September 19, 2012 

Olde Tyme Apple Festival Appeals to Everyone

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. - You'll find much more than "an apple a day" at the Olde Tyme Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6 in downtown Versailles, Mo.


The first Old Tyme Apple Festival at Versailles was held in 1980 with a modest attendance and about 50 vendors. Since then, the festival has blossomed to become one of the largest and most well attended one-day family festivals in Missouri.


"Our festival has grown to have attendance figures from 8,000-10,000 each year and last year we had over 450 vendor booths," said Versailles Chamber of Commerce President Jim Dykzeul. "This year, there will be even more fun things for people to see and do at the festival. Our booth count will be the largest number we've ever recorded and our parade is going to be even bigger - due to an election year."


A different theme is chosen each year to keep the festival exciting and fresh. This year, visitors can expect a healthy dose of Caribbean fun at the festival due to a "Jamaican My Day" theme, complete with a reggae band and steel drums.


"The theme is just a fun way to get everyone involved and to make the festival unique," said Dykzeul. "To add to the Caribbean atmosphere, we've brought in Norman Riley and his steel drum band. They play everything from Bob Marley to Jimmy Buffett. They'll be performing at the festival and leading the parade."


The Olde Tyme Apple Festival parade is chock full of clowns, Shriners, bands, floats, horses, emergency and law enforcement vehicles, and much more. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and travels from Brown Road east to Highway 52, then down Newton Street to the Courthouse Square and then south on Fisher Street, west on Jasper Street, and then south on Monroe Street and DeKalb Street.


The pre-festival activities start on Friday, Oct. 5 with the crowning of the King and Queen of the Festival at the Morgan County Courthouse, an apple pie baking contest, a presentation of the musical "9 to 5" at the Royal Theatre and a car cruise to a Sock Hop at the B & B Drive-In.


Versailles' Olde Tyme Apple Festival officially kicks off on Saturday with a Pancake Breakfast at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 6:30 a.m.


The Fun Zone for Kids will be open at 9 a.m. on North Monroe Street and boasts pony rides, bounce houses, face painting and more.


Apple-themed events include an apple sculpture contest for artists and an Apple Pie Baking Contest Auction where festival-goers can buy some of the award-winning contest pies. Other events and activities during the day include the Apple Festival 5K (7 a.m. at Versailles High School), a Car Show (at Versailles City Park), a Tractor and Engine display (located along Newton Street), street musicians, and the famous Olde Tyme Apple Festival Fiddle Contest at 1 p.m. at the Royal Theatre.


Festival attendees, depending on their interests, can choose their own festival finale at 7 p.m. - either a Compact Figure 8 Race at the Morgan County Fairgrounds on Highway 52 or an encore showing of "9 to 5" at the Royal Theatre.


A post-festival Olde Tyme Apple Festival Golf Tournament is also scheduled for noon Sunday, Oct. 7, at Rolling Hills Country Club, located at the junction of Highways 52 and 5.


For more information about the Olde Tyme Apple Festival or the pre-festival and post-festival activities, contact the Versailles Chamber of Commerce at 573-378-4401 or visit  VersaillesChamber.com.


The fall season is loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about getaway packages, lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Bureau's website, FunLake.com.

SEPT. 22


Acrobatic aerial artistry captivates huge crowds every year at the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show, set this year for Sept. 22 at the Camdenton Memorial Airport. This pull-out-all-the-stops air show features the return of the World War II-era B-25 "Billy Mitchell" Bomber. Watch as this glorious vintage warbird soars in the skies over Camdenton on four flights around the Lake. In addition to the B-25's return, show highlights will include patriotic tributes to our veterans, skydivers, Jet Truck racing, and performances by the KC Flight Formation Team and the Dave Dacy Air Show. For more information about the air show, visit LakeoftheOzarksAirShow.com or call the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227.


SEPT. 30 - OCT. 7


For golfers who love to golf at Lake of the Ozarks, it's like a dream come true: the first-ever Golf Week on the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail, Sept. 30 - Oct. 7. And it's no dream - it's an unprecedented, solid week of golf tournaments, golf exhibitions, golf clinics with PGA pros, great contests, deals and much more! The highlight of the week is the 2-day Golf Week Fall Invitational Tournament being held October 1-2 at Osage National Golf Resort and The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A Resort. The best part is the tournament is FREE. All you have to do is book your lodging on the Trail for two nights during the tournament (Sunday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2). For complete details on how you can participate in Golf Week, visit GolfWeekOnTheTrail.com.  


OCT. 13


Extend the boating season into autumn with this annual Lake-wide "poker hop" on the water, featuring dozens of participating businesses. Participants will "hop" from Lakefront restaurants and marinas collecting playing cards to compete for the best overall poker hand. Prizes will be awarded for the best and worst hands. For more information on the Fall Harbor Hop, please contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit FunLake.com/HarborHop.


OCT. 19-20


Apple butter and apple pies are the centerpieces for this fall festival at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek. Apple Butter Days festivities consist of craft booths and demonstrations, a quilt raffle, a chili and soup lunch, as well as homemade apple butter and apple pies. For information on the festival or for booth availability, call 573-346-7191.

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