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Festival announces grand marshal of King Apple Parade

Jack Ruff, a retired apple industry promoter, has been named grand marshal of the 2022 King Apple Parade, the popular festival-ending event scheduled for Labor Day beginning at 2:30 p.m., the North Carolina Apple Festival announced.

Retired from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Ruff served for many years in marketing and still volunteers in many capacities in the promotion of North Carolina apples.

Parade applications are still available for various categories including commercial and non-profit entries. The festival also has professional floats available for lease again this year. Those  interested in a professional float should contact the Apple Festival office at 828-697-4557. Information on how to participate in the Parade is available  at under the parade tab. The deadline for entries is Aug. 26.