Kicking off the Apple Festival
The annual party celebrating one of the most important agricultural crops in Henderson County kicks off Friday. This is the 68th Annual NC Apple Festival and it is a core part of the Labor Day weekend fun in the mountains.
From August 29 through September 1, you can enjoy four days of fun including one of the most best known street fairs in the Carolinas, with freshly picked apples, arts and crafts, festival food and free entertainment at the historic courthouse on Hendersonville's beautiful Main Street.
This year, the festival has added a new teen area with a bungy trampoline and water balloon zone. You will also find additional entertainment in the expanded crosswalk areas of the new downtown layout.
David Nicholson, Executive Director of the festival says, "we've had people from all across the southeast bombarding our Facebook accounts and contacting us for details because they want to come." Nicholson expects nearly 250,000 people to turnout for the event.
Apple growers in Henderson County help bring in an average of $22 million each year. Growing apples has been part of Henderson County's culture and heritage since the mid-1700's. Now, there are roughly 200 apple growers in the county.
North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County grows 65% of all apples in our state.
By: Victoria Dunkle
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