CLARKSVILLE, Mo. -- Even though moderate to major flooding is being forecast at several locations along the Mississippi River by this weekend, Clarksville's 40th annual Applefest will go on as planned Saturday and Sunday.
Judy Colbert, who is in charge of Applefest, said organizers aren't going to let a little floodwater get in the way of the popular festival.
"There's going to be water probably in the downtown area of Clarksville, but the majority of this festival is held at the Apple Shed, which is in the south part of town. We do not expect that to be a problem," Colbert said.
"I think the water is going to get up on that front street by the park, but I think we will be fine where we are."
Applefest is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10-4 Sunday at various locations in Clarksville. Vendors, crafts and an art show will take place both days at the Apple Shed. The festivities will culminate with a queen contest at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Some of the highlights for Saturday include a parade at 10 a.m., a baby contest at 11 a.m., a fiddlers' contest at 2 p.m. and an "apple anything" contest at 3 p.m.
In addition to a barbecue at the VFW and a fish fry at the American Legion, another big food event Saturday will be the Clarksville United Methodist Church's annual chicken dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. The church uses proceeds from the dinner to help pay for a multi-year stained glass window project.
"We actually have three big fundraisers. Of those three, the chicken dinner during Applefest is the biggest," said Janie Busch, who is in charge of the dinner.
Busch said the rising water on the Mississippi River has been a cause of concern for church members who count on having big crowds show up for the chicken dinner. So she's glad to hear Applefest will proceed despite the high water.
"If the Applefest is on, we will have the dinner," Busch said.
The National Weather Service is forecasting the Mississippi River will crest at 33.7 feet on Saturday at Lock and Dam 24 in Clarksville. The river was still below 30 feet Tuesday but was rising quickly because of recent heavy rains.
A flood level of 33.7 feet is considered "major" in Clarksville. The highest river level ever recorded in Clarksville was 37.73 feet in 1993, according to the NWS.
Elsewhere, the river is expected to crest at 25.5 feet Saturday in Quincy. That's considered "moderate" flooding and is will below the record 32.12 feet logged in 1993.
The river is expected to crest at 23.8 feet Saturday in Hannibal, 24.1 feet Saturday at Lock and Dam 22 in Saverton, and 21.9 feet Friday at Lock and Dam 20 in Canton.