MIDDLEBURY The Addison County Democrats will hold their traditional Meet the Candidates event, Applefest, Sunday, Oct. 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the American Legion, 41 Wilson Rd. in Middlebury. The event is free and open to the public. Statewide and local Democratic candidates will give remarks and be available for informal conversations. There will be free refreshments: apple pie, ice cream, apple crisp, coffee, and tea. Democrats have a full slate of local candidates, including contested races in many districts. Addison County Democrat Spence Putnam said, This year, Democrats are very excited about the election. With Barack Obama leading the ticket at the top, and strong runs by Gaye Symington and Tom Costello for governor and lieutenant governor, Democrats are excited about the prospect of change at the national and state levels. If voters want to tap into that excitement, coming to Applefest will be a great way to start.