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The 68th North Carolina Apple Festival got under way today with big crowds at the traditional kickoff breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.
The annual festival, one of the largest in Western North Carolina, officially kicks off with the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by entertainment on stage, the street fair and apple vendors on Main Street from Sixth Avenue to Caswell Street.
The county's four high school bands were practicing their marching for Monday's King Apple Parade, the traditional end of the four-day festival.