The Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival™ Apple Pie Contest is auctioned by Judy Jo Hutchison. Entries will be taken from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6 at the north door of the Morgan County Courthouse.

“The Moving Wall” is returning to the festival this year.

The half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been touring the country for more than 30 years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the power of “The Wall” and vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the US April-November, spending about a week at each site.

During its week on the baseball field at the Versailles City Park, The Moving Wall will be open 24 hours a day.  

Apple Pie Contest

The Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival™ Apple Pie Contest is auctioned by Judy Jo Hutchison. Entries will be taken from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6 at the north door of the Morgan County Courthouse.

Winners will be announced at the apple pie auction Saturday, Oct.7 at noon at the main stage on the north side of the courthouse.


•One entry per person. Entry consists of a whole unsliced apple pie. Additional Taster’s slice will not be required and will be taken out of the entry at the event.

•Apple pies should be in disposable pan as they will not be returned.

•Apple pies will be judged on appearance prior to cutting the taster’s slice and then taste, and winners will be announced at the pie auction.

•Grand prize will be $50 cash, first place prize will be $40 cash; second place prize will be $30 cash; third place prize will be $20 cash; and the prettiest pie winner will receive $15 cash.

For more information, call Deanna Lucas at 573-378-4612.

Big Boys Toys Car Club Olde Tyme Apple Festival Car Show; Oct. 7 at Versailles City Park

Forty-one categories of vehicles are open in this long-running car show set in the tree-shaded park where music will be provided all day by Leo Case.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded in each class plus Club Participation, President’s Choice, Best of Show – 1988 & Older, Best of Show – 1989 & newer, Hair Brown Memorial trophy and Oldest Vehicle trophy.

There will also be a Scale Model Contest – Cars/Trucks/Motorcycles – for entrants 17 years of age and younger. Dash plaques provided for first 150 entries.

With The Moving Wall on display at the baseball field in the Versailles City Park, Oct. 4-9, the car show is seeking military vehicles of any type to be displayed with the wall on these dates. Anyone who brings such a vehicle for display will be entered in the show with no entry fee. They will put your vehicle in an appropriate class for judging, and it will be judged where it sits.

Any and all monetary profits realized from the show are returned to the community through worthwhile charities.

Go to for more information. Call Bill Ferretti at 573-374-8351 or 573-280-7471 with questions.

On the Main Stage: The Finley River Boys

The Finley River Boys will be playing on the Main Stage after the parade until noon and then from 1-5 p.m.

They are a four piece band consisting of Rhythm Guitar- Bill Crider, Upright Bass – Brad Reynolds, Fiddle – Brett Dudenhoeffer, and Banjo – Alan Johnston, and perform a variety of old time Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music.

The Finley River Boys have performed at Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival and a host of other festivals, churches and concert venues around the Ozarks.

The band has been featured on the Bluegrass Local TV Show, KOZL in Springfield, Mo.; The Ozark Tradition TV show on the Christian Broadcasting Station, Channel 38 in West Plains, Mo.; featured on KOPN 89.3 FM’s Real Deal Country, and Midnight Country radio shows, as well as being a nominee for the 2014 International Country Gospel Music Association’s “Band of the Year” award.

Find more information and hear some of their music on their website

On the N. Monroe stage: Mitch Shields & Melani Biggers

Mitch Shields and Special Guest Miss Melani Biggers from Main Street Music will perform on the Stage on North Monroe from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

This eclectic duo is an ever-changing collection of music - rock, country, oldies, new music and even some Sunday morning favorites. A father-daughter duo, from the lake area, they cover a large spectrum of music, priding themselves on their versitility.

Melani studied music at Drury University where she traveled with the Drury Singers. If she looks familiar it may be because you have seen her on some billboards around the lake. Melani is also a singer for the Main Street Music Hall. 2017 is her sixth year with the show.

Mitch Shields, the other half of the duo, has played music most of his life. Over the years, Mitch has played a wide variety of bands and has even opened for Molly Hatchet and shared the stage with Roy Nichols (lead guitarist for Merle Haggard) just to name a few. These days Mitch along with his wife Melva perform all around the lake area.

For more information go to Mitch Shields Music on Facebook, or visit his website  To follow Melani, like Melani Biggers on Facebook or her website at 

Fiddler’s Contest

The fiddlers will be back at the 2017 Apple Festival with a competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Royal Theatre in Versailles. Admission is $2 per person.

The contest is sponsored by the Marker Family and the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sign-up for the contest is at noon. The fiddle contest will be divided into three categories: Junior: up to 16 years old; Open: 16 years old and older; and Senior: 56 years old and older. A fiddler who is 16 years old may choose to enter either the Junior or the Open class.

There will be prize money for the top positions in all categories.

Those contestants who pre-register will have the opportunity to play last.

Last year’s winner will perform at 3 p.m. and the 2017 winner will perform at 3:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Apple Festival Play at the Royal Theatre

The Royal Theatre will present Moses and the Burning Within Oct 5,6,7,8 and 12,13,14,15.  All performances will begin at 7 p.m.

This musical in two acts was adapted from the Book of Exodus and spans the time between Moses' birth and crossing the Red Sea.

Contact the Royal Theatre, 107 S. Monroe Street, to purchase tickets. Call 573-378-6227 or visit