After a two-year break, the Kentucky Apple Festival will return

After two years of cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Apple Festival will return to Paintsville this fall for its 58th edition. According to Apple Board Chairman Ray Tosti, the festival will continue to serve local non-profit groups and will be held Sept. 30 and October 1, Friday and Saturday. Tosti said the festival will preserve its traditional format, including Carnival, tents, art and craft, and all its cultural events.

“We are also here to help unprofitable teams meet or exceed their budgets for years,” Tosti said. “That money stopped here on Saturday night, it didn’t leave the city. That is why we are here. ” Tosti said there were no more incentives after the previous two-year cancellation than trying to find out for public safety as much as possible, because the celebration has always been about finding a home of its kind and bringing distant families back together.

“The two years we have not, because of the COVID scan, we just want to play it safe. As my son who lives in Colorado said, ‘Apple convention is like finding a big house, Dad,’… he didn’t come home on the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day. “If you want to see anyone come home for the Apple Festival,” Tosti said.

After the cancellation of the previous two years, Tosti said he believes there are questions about which he wants to provide a comment – one is that the Apple Board is something that everyone really does and that all meetings are always organized and open to The public, held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Appalachian Paintsville Annex Regional Health Center at 5 pm Tosti said each part of the festival was managed by members of a separate committee that oversees the facilities. variety of festive, from tents to arts and crafts and beyond. .

Another issue Tosti wants to address is a rumor that the Apple Board has set food prices for non-profit restaurants – which it says is untrue, because the council’s only function is in this capacity. have to make sure there are plenty of unprocessed foods. sellers may agree on some modest means of item charges to eliminate unnecessary competition.

“We do not set charges. We had a contract meeting in July, with all the non-profits selling food, and at that meeting, sure, if both sides were selling hamburgers, one party could not say they would sell their hamburgers for $ 2.50 and more. set their price at $ 2, you have to get at that meeting to sell at the same price, ”Tosti said. “What I have said to the unprofitable all these years is that what you have to remember is that you have already married families with two children, and how they will all be fed up. their family if a cake is $ 10. Will you pay $ 40 for four cakes… I have always told them to please keep their charges down. ”

Tosti requested that anyone seeking information about the event visit the Apple Board website at, www.kyapplefest.org, or Johnson County Public Library at (606) 789-4355, or her phone number , (606) 789-7430, and leave a message.

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