Apple Fest kicks off as fall season approaches


VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – You can once again find pumpkin spice everything on store shelves, meaning only one thing… Fall is coming. We are starting the last week of summer, but people in Versailles got a head start on the fall season.

Saturday marked the beginning of Eckert’s Boyd Orchard’s Apple Fest.

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During the festival, there are new additions to the playground, such as a pumpkin jumping pillow and camel rides.

The orchard also has live music during the fest. A different artist will play each weekend.

Eckert’s is a pick-your-own farm. During the festival, you can ride out to the orchards and pick your own apples.

Apple Fest runs until the end of September when it will turn into Pumpkin Fest.


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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at