Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -- If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks area's two apple festivals will enjoy twice the benefits - and have lots of fun - at these longtime annual events.  Versailles is the home of the Olde Tyme Apple Festival on Oct. 4 and Apple Butter Days will be held Oct. 17-18 at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek.

The City of Versailles is hosting the Olde Tyme Apple Festival for the 35th year in 2014.  The festival begins early with the Olde Tyme Apple Festival and Super Senior 5K runs at 7 a.m., followed by the festival's 2-mile walk beginning at 7:15 a.m. and the half-mile Kids Fun Run at 8:15 a.m.


By 9 a.m., more than 300 vendors are expected to line the streets around the town square for an arts and crafts fair.  Food vendors will offer sweet apple treats like apple dumplings, caramel apples and apple butter, as well as other favorite festival foods.  The Fun Zone for kids and the Tractor and Engine display also open at 9 a.m.


This year's parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will be a "gas," as floats offer their own take on this year's theme - "Jumpin' and Jivin' to the 1940s."


Vendors will be selling all sorts of apple-inspired goodies at the Olde Tyme Apple Festival in Versailles.

Entries in the Apple Pie Baking Contest will be auctioned off at noon, offering a delicious souvenir of the festival to the highest bidders.  Toes will be tapping as contestants rosin up their bows and play for prizes in the 1 p.m. Olde Tyme Fiddle contest.


On Saturday evening, racers will rev their engines in a Compact Figure 8 Race at the Morgan County Fairgrounds on Highway 52.  The Royal Theatre's performances of "The Sound of Music" coincide with the festival.  The play will begin nightly at 7 p.m. from Thursday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 4, as well as the following weekend, Oct. 9-11.


Though the festival officially begins on Saturday morning, the fun begins on Friday evening with the crowning of festival royalty from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the judging of the Apple Pie Baking Contest from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The evening also features a car cruise at the B & B Drive-in at 6:30 p.m., followed by a sock hop from 7-11 p.m.


An Olde Tyme Apple Festival 3-person scramble golf tournament is scheduled for a noon shotgun start on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Rolling Hills Country Club, located at the junction of Highways 52 and 5.  The tournament is open to the public and Rolling Hills will handle pairings for individual golfers.  To register for the tournament, contact Rolling Hills at 573-378-5109 or go to the club's website at


Find out more about the festival by visiting the Versailles Chamber of Commerce website or calling the City of Versailles at 573-378-4401.


Fresh, hot apple butter will be available for purchase at Apple Butter Days at the Camden County Historical Museum.

Apples are the centerpiece of another Lake of the Ozarks area hometown festival the weekend of Oct. 17-18, as Linn Creek celebrates Apple Butter Days at the Camden County Museum.  The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with local artists and crafters showcasing their creativity in the arts and crafts show each day.


Visitors enjoying the vibrant fall colors of the trees in the Lake's hills and valleys will want to add this festival to their itinerary.  Apple Butter Days is the ideal place to take a break from "leaf-peeping" to enjoy a warm bowl of soup or chili for lunch, topped off by a slice of apple pie.  If one slice is not enough, the hot-from-the-oven apple desserts will be available to take home, by the slice or whole pie.

The air will be filled with the scent of apples as apple butter is also prepared on-site.  Attendees will be able to buy jars of apple butter while it is still warm from the fire under the big iron kettle where it is cooked.   For more information about the festival, call the Camden County Museum at 573-346-7191.


The City of Linn Creek will add to the fun that weekend by hosting their citywide garage sale and hosting a dance on Saturday evening.  For more information about these activities, call the City of Linn Creek at 573-346-6200.

For information about all events and activities at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as dining and accommodations, visit our website at or call 1-800-FUN-LAKE.

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