HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina Apple Festival is set to fill Hendersonville’s Main Street with fun Labor Day weekend.
After missing last year due to the pandemic, the 75th anniversary event is happening Sept. 3-6. Beginning Friday and continuing through Labor Day, festivities include a street fair, live music, a parade, a kids’ carnival, pancake breakfasts, a recipe contest, apple taste testing, foot races, aircraft rides, and a gem and mineral show.
“You can bring your grandchildren or your grandparents to the Apple Festival, and they’ll enjoy it,” the festival’s Executive Director David Nicholson said in a news release.
Henderson County leads the state in apple production and consistently ranks within the Top 20 counties nationwide. Fourteen local apple growers participate in the festival, selling fresh apples, as well as cider, slushies, doughnuts, fritters and other treats. In addition to fresh apples, the street fair showcases handmade arts and crafts.
Festival goers can enjoy live music Friday through Sunday from 12 – 8 p.m. The King Apple Parade serves as the grand finale on Monday at 2:30 p.m. The parade with highlight community members who have played critical roles throughout the pandemic.
Friday’s opening ceremony at 4 p.m. includes a tribute to the festival’s 75th anniversary and the presentation of the Apple Farmer of the Year Award. At noon on Saturday, the Bandit Flight Team will perform a patriotic aerial salute with a six-plane flyover above Main Street.
For more information about the festival, including a full schedule of events, go to ncapplefestival.org.
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