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North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville a Huge Success

| Sande Caplin |

The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina. It has been Western North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 60 years.  This was my first time attending the festival and I was not disappointed!

Why do they celebrate their apples in Henderson County? The apple has been called the loveliest of all fruits. 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 above information is from Apple Festival Website.

Apple Festival

This years festival was held from September 3-6.  I was there with my friends Hope, Jack, and Nancy.  It was spectacular.  We walked the entire main street several times enjoying all kinds of apple treats and foods from local restaurants.

And then there was the music.  It was wonderful.  We attended 2 of fabulous concerts.  On Friday night we listened to the Buddy K Band.  From the website:  If you love great the classical standards as well as the music of Les Brown, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Dorsey, you will want to come down to the Historic Courthouse on Main Street on Friday evening.  We enjoyed the music so much.  Buddy K’s band is fabulous.

Apple Festival

On Saturday night we danced and rocked to the “Swingin’ Medallions.”  They put on a show that could headline in Las Vegas!  From the website:  Made famous by their 1.5 million record-selling smash, “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” the Medallions became one of the most well-known bands in the genre that came to be known as Carolina Beach Music. “Double Shot” remains a signature song of the band today, and in fact, continues to demonstrate its timeless quality through use on radio, television and in motion pictures. Visit their website and Facebook Page.

Laurel Park resident and my dear friend, Jack Elka captured some great photos.

I was so impressed with the warmth of the local folks and how friendly they were.  We me folks from all of the country who come back every year for the festival. I can’t wait to come back next year!  So much more to see and do.

Photos by Jack Elka

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