Planning continues for Frontier Apple Festival

The 34th annual Frontier Apple Festival is coming, Oct. 9-11.

There will be two preliminary days before the festival's opening.

On Oct. 7, the royal court judging and the king and queen crowing will take place.

On Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., the Favorite Son Dinner will take place at April's Country Kitch'n in Newcomerstown. The Favorite Son for 2009 is Jim Carr.

Tickets will be $15 each. The menu includes chicken, Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, tossed salad and assorted pies.

The full festival opening is on Friday, Oct. 9. There will be food, crafts and many other types of vendors.

Also, they are taking for display vegetables such as, largest pumpkin, biggest squash, tallest corn stalk, etc.

Entertainment is being planned. Some of the entertainment will include gospel singing on Friday night, a band with street dancing on Saturday night, and Sunday's entertainment is still being planned.

Make sure to vote for king and queen. The ballot appears in this week's paper. Also, children get your outfits ready for the royal court judging and ladies fire up your ovens for the baking contest. This year, apple cobbler will be the apple dessert to be judged. Those baking are asked to bring their recipe and have their cobbler at the gazebo on Saturday at 1 p.m.

A parade is also set for Saturday with line-up starting at 4 p.m. at the East School. The parade will kick-off at 5 p.m. The parade's theme is "Your Favorite Character -- Past or Present." To enter, call 498-4520 or 498-7422.

New this year will be a "Rib Cook-off Contest." An entry fee of $20 each will be charged. Winners will be chosen by the public after tasting samples of each cook's ribs. Ballots and samples will be available to vote at each grill. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners, according to voters' ballots.