By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
It takes a lot of stirring, and Betty Cornett of Mackey Bend in Knox County did just that Friday on the first day of the 10th Annual Redbud Festival in Barbourville.
Cornett said she makes apple butter the old-fashioned way. “From the time you put it in the pot, you’ve got to start stirring, continuously for six hours. I’ve got another lady who takes turns with the stirring, too. Then, when it starts cooking good, you put in regular sugar and you taste it. If it’s enough sugar, you cook it and stir, stir, stir it until it’s ready,” she said, while Karen Johnson of Barbourville (originally from Minnesota) samples some of the sweet, tasty batch.
Cornett added, “When the bubbles pop in the kettle, they call it, ‘Frog-Eyed Coffee.’”
Donna Allen of East Bernstadt showed off handmade items like scarves, pillows, stuffed bears and purses inside the “Redbud Marketplace Mall” (a.k.a. Robsion Gym) to 5-year-old Sydnee Grubb, of Barbourville, her mom Michelle, and Amanda Crawford, of Artemus. They all liked what they saw.
Allen takes pride in the items she and her mom made for the festival, adding, “It’s made in the U.S. by us.” The festival continues today (Saturday) on the Union College campus in Barbourville.
‘Empty Bowls’ event held Friday
Christine Dean-Centers showed off her favorite bowl to David Jorjani during the 4th Annual “Empty Bowls Project” event, held Friday outside Tammy’s Cafe on Court Square in downtown Barbourville. The bowls were handmade and painted at the KCEOC headquarters in Gray, with proceeds going to the Christian Life Food Pantry, the only food pantry in Knox County approved by the FDA (the federal Food and Drug Administration).
“We raised over $4,300 in sponsorships alone, and we’ve sold several today,” said Jorjani, who along with Dean-Centers serves on the Empty Bowls board of directors. “In fact, more than half of the 150 bowls made were sold by noon today, and we’ll sell more at the Redbud Festival this weekend,” Jorjani added.