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Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

J.D. Obermiller, who retired recently after 40 years of apple research at the Mountain Horticulture Crops and Research and Extension Center, has been named the Grand Marshal of this year's Apple Festival Parade.

The King Apple Parade will again be held on Labor Day beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Applications are still available for various categories including commercial and non-profit entries. We also have professional floats available for lease again this year. If you are interested in a professional float, please contact the office.

For information on how to participate in the Parade visit The cutoff date for entries is Aug. 26.

For more information, contact the North Carolina Apple Festival at 828-697-4557.