Reid’s Orchard is expecting a crowd of 20,000 for their 30th annual Apple Festival this weekend. “We’re prepared to park 6,000-6,500 cars,” owner Billy Reid said, which is a task requiring a parking team of 70 people.
With 20 food booths, nearly 100 craft booths, 20 carnival rides, live entertainment and demonstrations, the Apple Festival is an event for the whole family that draws from many surrounding states. “Reidland” playground and petting zoo will also be open.
The festival has been named a Top 10 Event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, which covers 11 states.
The Reids originally started the festival as a way to invite the community to their family farm, while also giving back to the community. “This is a major fundraiser for a lot of organizations,” Reid said. Parking, for example, is a $5 donation which is split between three organizations.
Hours for the festival are Saturday, October 17th from 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday, October 18th from 12:00pm-6:00pm.
Because of the large crowd, organizers ask that no dogs be allowed.