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Royalty ready to shine in Apple Butter battle

September 20, 2012
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

SMITHFIELD - Royalty has been crowned at the village's Apple Festival since 1972.

It started with teenage contestants, and Arnetta Farnsworth Kurtz was crowned the first queen. Later it became the princess contest, and in the mid-1980s there were Johnny Appleseed candidates but that contest was canceled due to the lack of participants.

This year there are five candidates for the princess title, ranging in age from 8 to 12. The rules state that the contestant must live within the Buckeye Local School District but can be enrolled in a school from another district.

Carissa Hennen, the 2011 princess, will crown the girl choosing the odd-color wrapped apple. Those interviewed by John Domenick, who has served as the emcee for the festival since its beginning, will wait in until all the decorated bags bearing the apples are chosen and they can open them up.

Princesses candidates are Madison Hennen, 8, who attends Wheeling Day School; Brooklyne Garlinger, 10, Buckeye North Elementary School; Maisie Dowell, 10, Buckeye North; Abby Hennen, 12, Linsly; and Harmony Crummit, 12, Linsly.

Following opening ceremonies, members of the Smithfield American Legion will raise the flag; county Commissioner Thomas Graham will sing the national anthem; royalty will be crowned; and prizes awarded for various contests.

The festival's schedule Friday is as follows:

6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jessica Harr, vocalist.

7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hot Pursuit Band.

Saturday events are:

9 a.m., car show opens for registration.

10 a.m., pet parade at stage area, with Hounds' Haven featuring dogs up for adoption.

11 a.m., apple products bake-off and the auction to follow the judging of the baked goods.

12:30 p.m., apple pie eating contest at stage area, sign-in needed.

1 p.m., apple peeling contest, sign-in needed.

1:30 p.m., hot dog eating contest.

2:30 p.m., plunger ride contest at stage area for all ages.

3:30 p.m., car show awards at the stage.

4 p.m., parade lineup at the former Northwest Elementary School by Smithfield Fire Department.

5 p.m., grand parade, with the American Legion leading the parade, music by the Buckeye Local High School Band and the Smithfield Food Pantry volunteers serving as grand marshals.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bands of Time.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m., D.J. Joey.

Sunday events are:

12:30 p.m., magic show at stage area.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Big Wheel race on Main Street.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Twice as Nice Band.

5 p.m., Great American Bed Race.

The Smithfield Police Department will have a command center in front of the Morgan Center. Traffic for Main Street will be blocked during festival hours. One-way traffic will be observed on North Street for those traveling east. South Street will be used for drivers traveling west. A 10-mile speed limit must be observed, and anyone moving the structures will be cited, officials said.

The community church service that had been held annually has been canceled this year, organizers said.

Pat Freeland, festival treasurer, said a sign-up sheet will be at the Chinese auction tent for anyone who wants to take part in next year's festival.

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