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Live bands, fun, food? Always Apple Festival highlights
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 22:19

From Staff Reports

HENDERSONVILLE — The 73rd Annual North Carolina Apple Festival — a four-day celebration in honor of the huge local apple crop — will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 (Labor Day weekend) in historic downtown Hendersonville.

Some 275,000 people are expected to descend upon Hendersonville for the festival, which is free to attend. No pets are allowed.

North Carolina is the seventh-largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina — with 20-plus varieties. 

 Hendersonville, billed by an event promotion as “just a 30-minute drive from Asheville,” is the official home of the festival,.

The gala will feature a street fair on Main Street, including continuous live musical entertainment, arts and crafts, apple products, special exhibits and food. The event will conclude with the King Apple Parade on Sept. 2.

 Attendees will be afforded the opportunity to capture the spirit of a hometown celebration that has something for the whole family, with many individual events and entertainers throughout the festival.

Among the highlights will be pancake breakfasts, car shows, gem and mineral show, 8-K and fun run, bike tour, apple orchard tours, apple recipe contest, sidewalk sales, and an arts and crafts show.

The Street Fair will cover eight blocks of Main Street with more than 200 vendors, including many apple farms. Street Fair hours (including apple tasting booth) — are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug, 30 to Sept. 1.

Live music will continue until 10 p.m. on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 and until 11 p.m. on Aug. 31in front of the historic courthouse. 

The nightly major stage headliners are as follows (check website for last-minute time or band changes):

• Fri., Aug. 30, 7-10 p.m. — Buddy K Big Band.

• Sat., Aug. 31, 7-11 p.m. — Super ‘60s Band and Rivermist Band.

• Sun., Sept. 1, 7-10 p.m. — 20 Ride Band and Hip Pocket Band.

Just 2.5 miles from downtown, the WNC Air Museum (1340 Gilbert St,) will have a special open house with antique airplanes alnd all-free tours for four days. Air Craft Rides will be available Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in a variety of new and classic airplanes for $30-$60/seat for 15-minute scenic ride above town — no reservations needed. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

On Labor Day (Sept. 2), a small street fair will run from 10 a..m. until the end of the parade. The King Apple Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 2, with professional floats, bands, youth groups, antique cars and fire trucks.



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