The 43rd Annual Apple n Pork Festival took over the City of Clinton this past weekend.
Tens of thousands of people came out this weekend for the Festival. The Apple and Pork officially takes place at the grounds of the CH Moore Homestead, however, has grown and stretches up Center Street in Clinton to Mr. Lincoln Square and then to the west side of town on West 54. Resident Manager of the Homestead Larry Buss feels the Apple and Pork Festival has many unique aspects that set it apart from other festivals around the state.
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Something new the City tried this year was a partial closure of Center Street in Clinton. Public Works Director for the City of Clinton Steve Lobb says the closure was a huge success. He credits first year Commissioner Nan Crang with bringing it about after several years of discussing the idea.
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Clinton Police Chief Mike Reidy was a big supporter of the closure of Center Street. After watching the Festival from the streets, he feels the closure went over very well.
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Organizers were extremely pleased with the turn out this year. The weather held up nicely for the festival and made it enjoyable for those that came from all over to enjoy the Apple and Pork Festival.
Chief Reidy estimated around 40-thousand people for the Saturday turnout, and close to another 40-thousand for Sunday as well. He felt the early Saturday rain may have kept people away, but the great weather made the Sunday crowd larger than expected.