Leroy Barnhill, president of the Bloomfield Apple Festival Committee, said Apple Festival plans are going very well.
"I don't know how you could ask for more," Barnhill
said of the community effort to put on the event.Two dozen organizations are helping, he
"We've got nearly 90 craft stands coming in, and we limited it to eight different food stands," he
said, noting the committee limited the food stands to avoid repetition.
Free shuttle service will be available between town to the park, and 90 porta-potties will be in place, complete with hand-washing stations, Barnhill
Earlier this summer, the town paid for some improvements in the park, including new sidewalks and electrical outlets, to help prepare the park for an onslaught of visitors.
"All the modifications will help our park in later years," Barnhill
noted that Pullen, who takes care of the flowers in Bloomfield Park, has done a wonderful job.The festival committee wants to be sure the park is as pretty and clean after the festival, as before, he
said the town "has just bent over backwards to help us out."He
also explained that for the safety of festival-goers, the speed limit on U.S. 231 and State Road 54 will be reduced to 25 mph, and there will be crossing guards working.
The Apple Festival schedule includes a carnival and midway; craft, food and flea market opening at 8 a.m.; and an art and photography show at Bloomfield Public Library
, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., both days.Friends of the Library will have a bake sale from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 5, as well.
The schedule is: