NEW PARIS — Applefest will bring the fun to the Village of New Paris this Friday-Sunday, Sept. 9-10.
Applefest opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting. Vendors open at 5 p.m., as do the inflatable rides, zip lines, bungee trampoline and more.
The annual basketball tournament will be held Friday at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit Applefest and National Trail Girls Basketball.
Flat Out Band will play from 6-10 p.m. The festival closes at 10 p.m. on Friday and opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The Applefest 5K race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and the race begins at 8:30 a.m.
The annual cruise-in begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with 20 trophies awarded at 3 p.m. All entrants receive dash plaques. Entry fee is $10. For more information, contact Tim Lane at 937-248-6203.
The Applefest parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. Apple Baking Contest judging begins at 10 a.m. All winners receive cash prizes.
Various bands and performance will fill the entertainment tent on Saturday until the festival closes for the day at 10 p.m.
The festival opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday, with Touch-A-Truck time with the Fire & EMS and the New Paris Police Department, MedFlight’s helicopter, and various farm equipment for the kids to explore. The inflatables, zip line and other activities open at noon, and entertainment kicks off with the Blue Jacket Boys from noon-12:30 p.m. There will be a Veterans Memorial Dedication at 12:30 p.m., and karaoke until 3 p.m. The kiddie tractor pull will take place at 1 p.m.
The National Trail Steel Drum Band will play at 3:30 p.m., and the festival closes at 5 p.m.
The Little Apple Blossom Photo Contest invites parents to submit an apple-themed photo of their newborn to 5-year-olds for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m.
For more information, or to register for contests and events, visit www.newparisoh.com/applefest-events.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4061 and follow on Twitter @emowemjr.