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Versailles Old Tyme Apple Festival
A Local Legacy

You have probably heard the expression "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But apples are more than just a healthy food. In fact, people love apples so much that in Missouri there is an entire festival dedicated to them.

The first Old Tyme Apple Festival in Versailles, Missouri, was held in 1980. It included an antiques auction, a dramatic presentation on the courthouse steps, a bareback riding marathon, craft and food vendors, and many contests, including apple-peeling, nail-driving, log-sawing, face-painting and bubble-gum blowing.

Today, if you go to the Old Tyme Apple Festival you can have lots of fun talking to Mickey and Minnie Mouse, seeing puppet shows, taking a pony ride or watching a parade, where you just might see "Smilin' Joe" on his mechanical horse.

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