The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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APPLES IN THE MOUNTAINS Though it doesn't get the kind of publicity that other apple- producing regions of the country do, eastern Kentucky has a variety of orchards and farms that grow apples, and the Kentucky Apple Festival in Paintsville showcases the area's bounty with a variety of foods, entertainment and other activities. Taking place October 6-7, this year's festival will be the 55th installment of the celebration, which was started by a local orchard owner as a way to market his apples. A variety of apple food products make this a tasty event: Visitors will find traditional apple pies, candied apples and old-fashioned apple butter cooked in a cast- iron kettle. Other favorites include seasonal goodies like candied corn and barbecued chicken. In addition to the food, visiting groups can expect to enjoy many of the traditional hallmarks of agricultural festivals in small-town America. Highlights include folk dancing, a car show, a parade and a variety of musical performances by locals from around the region. W W W.K YA P P LE FE S T.O RG 5

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