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70th North Carolina Apple Festival Sept. 2-5

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Historic downtown Hendersonville is again preparing for the North Carolina Apple Festival Sept 2 – 5. There will be a wide variety of activities each day including a Street Fair on Main Street to honor the huge local apple crop.It includes continuous live musical entertainment, arts & crafts, apple products, special exhibits, food, and the King Apple Parade. One can enjoy pancake breakfasts, car shows, gem and mineral show, 8K and fun run, bike tour, apple orchard tour, apple recipe contest, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts show, and so much more! The Family Fun Zone features carnival rides and Inflatables at two locations: Wells Fargo Bank and the Visitor Center. This family oriented event prevails throughout four days.

Why does Hendersonville celebrate apples? Besides being a lovely and delicious fruit, it is also one of the most important agricultural crops grown in Henderson County. During a normal year it brings in an average income of $22 million dollars or more. Growing apples has been part of Henderson County’s culture and heritage since the mid 1700s. Today there are approximately 200 apple growers in Henderson County. North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County grows 65% of all apples in North Carolina.

The festival opens on Friday morning, September 2nd at 7:00 am with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast held at the First Baptist Church, Corner of 4th Avenue, with bacon, grits, cooked apple slices with cinnamon and brown sugar, apple juice, coffee and milk-generous portions for all. Cost of breakfast is $7.00. This is a great opportunity to join your friends in an air conditioned, friendly setting to kick off the 2016 NC Apple Festival Weekend.

The North Carolina Apple Festival is proud to include 15 local apple growers in the Street Fair. You can purchase a few apples or bushels of fresh locally grown apples—ripe and fresh. Many of the growers also feature items such as fried apple pies, apple cakes, apple butter and apple cider at the Festival.

A special event this year is the Music and Dancing of Dirty Dancing. The Flat Rock Playhouse presents a new Music on the Rock featuring the songs and dance of the ’80’s hit film, It will be presented August 25-September 4,2016. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 828 603-0731 or 866 732-8008. Tickets are also available online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org. The Music and Dancing of Dirty Dancing is being produced by the North Carolina Apple Festival.

Ambassador Program

The Apple Ambassador represents the North Carolina Apple Festival and the North Carolina Apple Growers Association. The ambassador program selects the recipients of the Evelyn Lutz Hill Memorial Scholarships. A $2,000.00 college scholarship is awarded to the ambassador and a $1,000.00 scholarship is awarded to the first runner up.

The 2016 Apple Ambassador is Savanna Prince Roper, who attends Hendersonville High School. Her parents are Jeff and Lauren Roper. The runner-up is Sheridan Nicole Mentch who attends East Henderson High School. Her parents are Mike and Debbie Mentch.

Other participating applicants included Dallis Olivia Gulliams (West Henderson), Sierra Lynn Vaughn (West Henderson), MacKenna Maria Williams (East Henderson), Meghan Ruth Reid (Hendersonville), Maya Sarita Ellis (North Henderson), and Dena Elaine Nix (North Henderson).

The King Apple Parade is one of the highlights and the closing piece. The parade is to be held at 2:30 pm.on Labor Day Monday. There will be professional floats, bands,youth groups, antique cars, fire trucks,all participating in this year’s well-attended event.

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