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Trimble County: Off-road adventures

The annual Trimble County Apple Festival usually brings about 15,000 people to the community for music, crafts, food, pageants, contests and children’s activities. 

Cabins and camping and cars attract adventurers to Trimble County, one of the smallest counties in Kentucky. The county seat of Bedford is home to the Dirty Turtle Offroad Park. Known as DTOR to off-roading enthusiasts, the park features 286 acres of land with trails for all-terrain vehicles, jeeps, off-road dune buggies, utility terrain vehicles known as a side-by-side (SxS) and other off-road vehicles, as well as a campground and cabins for rent.

A couple of times a year in the city of Milton, Ky., residents participate in the Milton Flea Market & Animal Swap Meet.

The Trimble County Cooperative Extension is part of the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University off-campus information network and serves Trimble Countians with programs for agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development. The Trimble Thimbles Homemaker Group meets at the extension office in Bedford to teach and practice sewing skills. The extension offers individual workshops too, like how to cook with air fryers and electric pressure cookers. For students, there’s a 4-H Horse Club and 4-H Robotics Club.

The annual Trimble County Apple Festival brings in 15,000 people every year during the second full weekend of September at Courthouse Square in Bedford. The two-day event is packed with arts and crafts, live entertainment, contests and a celebration of apples in the form of apple pie and apple cider, all to raise funds for local schools and nonprofit groups that better the community. Taking a break in 2020 due to safety concerns of large crowds, next year’s event will mark the 30th anniversary of the family-friendly festival and is scheduled for Sept. 11-12, 2021.

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Trimble County Apple Festival: trimbleapplefest.org