Clopton High basketball players Spencer Hicks, left, and Brittney Hamilton prepared plates of fried potatoes as a fundraiser for the team.
Skies threatened before the kickoff parade but they parted to bathe a large Clarksville Applefest crowd with sunshine on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.
“It was wonderful,” said Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Applefest promoter Judy Colbert. “We were pleased so many people came.”
Two of them were Meaghan Moyers, and her mother, Deborah Moyers, both of Winfield. They were shopping for summer dresses in one of the many booths lining Hwy. 79.
“We came to check out the activities and look around,” Deborah Moyers said. “This is a cute, little town.”
Another at the festival was 2013 Clopton High School graduate Amanda Klopcic, now a communications major at Truman State.
“I came to see my family and friends over the mid-term break,” Klopcic said. “This brings a lot of tourists and people from all over the county.”
Clarksville resident Colton Wilson was pulling his lovable pet bulldog, Gus, through the crowd in a wagon.
“This brings a lot of people to the shops. It brings business to town,” he said.
Lisa Massingill and Kevin Matticks, of Quincy, Ill., literally brought their business to Clarksville, selling fresh lemonade, cotton candy, tenderloins and curly fries.
“This is my ninth year here,” Massengill said, because it is lucrative.
“I’ve been coming for 29 years,” Matticks said. “It’s a nice place to go and draws a lot of people.”
Joshua Robinson and Holly Lantrip, of Bowling Green, were drawn to the baby contest.
“People tell us ‘you’ve got the cutest baby, you should put her in a baby show,’ ” Robinson said. They did at Applefest and daughter Lyla Robinson won a second-place ribbon.
This year’s Applefest had an Apple Anything contest to complement the festival’s historic nod to Clarksville’s apple-producing past.
In the cooked apple category, first place was won by Valorie Martin, of Clarksville, with her carmelo apple jam
Second place went to Judy Mendez, of Louisiana, with her candy apple butter.
Third-place honors were taken by Debbie Adams, of Louisiana, with her pecan apple jam.
In the baked apple category, first place was won by Bryan Colbert, of Hannibal, with his apple streusel cheesecake bars.
Second place was captured by Valorie Martin, of Clarksville, with her cinnamon apple cheesecake. Third place went to Judy Mendez, of Louisiana, with her baked apples.
In the apple pie category, first place was won by Valorie Martin, of Clarksville, with her carmel-pecan apple pie. Second place went to Judy Mendez, of Louisiana, with her carmel apple pie.
Story provided by Dave Moeller with the Louisiana Press Journal