Country Applefest at the Warren County Fairgrounds offers crafts, entertainment, free parking and plenty of apple-centric food.
Overseeing a 17-member committee, Jessie Lyn Fisher has been chairwoman of Lebanon’s Country Applefest for three years. The festival, hosted at Warren County Fairgrounds, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. It picks back up on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Boasting free admission and free parking, Country Applefest promises crafts, entertainment and seemingly endless apple-centric food attendees always find delicious. Fisher is also lead singer for T&T Band, a musical group performing on the Saturday of the event.
What are your responsibilities as chairwoman of Country Applefest?
We reach out to country crafters who have a willingness to bring their own goods to our event. We try to make sure everything is homemade and home crafted. We also do entertainment in the form of local vendors and local musicians that have great showmanship that hopefully brings people out.
What makes the Warren County Fairgrounds a good location for Applefest?
There is so much parking, it’s easier for the vendors to set up and get in and out of and it’s not one street. It’s a whole entire fairground with many buildings and a parking lot.
Could you walk me through each day of the event?
Saturday is our country day. The entertainment is from the Lebanon Grand Opry House. The T&T band, or house band, and the band Doublecross will be there as well. On Sunday we are going with an oldies theme. Tyler Christopher (an Elvis impersonator) and Terry Riley (a fabulous pianist) will perform.
What types of foods and drinks will be there?
There are amazing food vendors. We have a rib eye steak guy that has been here for years. They provide a nice rib eye steak sandwich with Italian sausages and burgers. And, of course, anything that is apple-related is appropriate. Each vendor we want to bring something apple-flavored to the event.
Does this event target or attract any specific demographics such as families or students?
We want it to be a family event. We do not have one drop of alcohol on this whole festival. You will not find a beer booth or a tent.
Do you believe the local vendors experience a boost in sales following this event?
Absolutely! They love sharing the fact through their company they have a part in Country Applefest. We try to keep it local so these local businesses can shine in their hometown as well.
What is your favorite part of the event?
The music! I perform at the Lebanon Grand Opry House and I’m an entertainer with the T&T band and I think it’s so awesome that we get to be part of such an amazing event. I’ll tell you what, to have such an amazing event in my hometown, knowing I attended as a child, is special. I just want to keep it going for my grandchildren and great grandchildren to visit. Entertainment is a big part of it, but local goods and hometown feel make it the best place in the world to hang out on a Saturday and Sunday with your family.