From the first Apple Festival held on a gravel parking lot at a newly-built shopping center in 1974, The Casey County Apple Festival has become one of Kentucky's best street festivals. 2010 marked the 36th anniversary of The Casey County Apple Festival, and was named "Best Festival in Kentucky".
The first apple festival was held on a Saturday afternoon in a shopping center, and the following year was moved to the high school campus. As visitors flocked, traffic jams, and lack of space once again became increasing problems. It was apparent a more suitable place would have to be found if the festival was to continue.
In 1979 the Casey County Apple Festival was moved to the streets of downtown Liberty, were it remains today. With plenty of entertainment, a full size carnival, music, numerous pageants, 200 plus vendors and a 10-foot giant apple pie as the centerpiece 50,000-60,000 visitors now attend the annual event the last weekend of September.
The 10- foot giant pie is the anchor of the festival, preparations start on thursday when volunteers start peeling the apples. After filling the specially-built 10-ft stainless steel pan with all the ingredients on Friday afternoon the pie goes in a custom made oven to bake 12 hrs. On Saturday morning the oven is turned of and the pie continues to bake until it's promptly removed at noon on Saturday. It is enough apple pie to feed thousands and it's served with a helping of ice cream. And the best part of all, it's FREE!
In addition, IGA of Liberty bakes a 10-ft giant chocolate chip cookie on Wednesday night and Pizza Hut of Liberty bakes a 10-ft giant pizza on Thursday night. Both are served free to the public.
Lots of other food abounds the Apple Festival. Food booths are located around the courthouse square and down Middleburg Street. Enjoy everything from funnel cakes to pork burgers, ribbon fries to Greek dishes. And if arts and crafts are your hobby Hustonville Street is devoted to just those vendors. While Middleburg, Beldon and Randolp Street are set aside for commercial and flea market booths.
There is also plenty for the kids to do. A full size carnival is a main attraction each year, along with a Pedal Tractor Pull, Big Wheel Race and a Frog Jumping contest just to name a few.