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Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

A longtime Apple Festival worker has been named grand marshal of the King Apple Parade, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Labor Day.

The Board of Directors announced that it had selected Connie Babcock as the 2018 Grand Marshal.

Babcock is being recognized for her many years of service to the Festival including being responsible for the Window Display Contest; serving on the Sponsorship Committee and now as Chair of our Hospitality Committee. Connie is also coordinating the collection of Apple Festival T-shirts over the years. They'll be displayed in the lobby of the Historic Courthouse during the Festival.

The board also invites organizations and businesses to participate in this year’s King Apple Parade. Professional floats are available for lease again this year. For information contact the North Carolina Apple Festival at 828-697-4557. Applications to participate in the parade are available at under the Parade tab. The deadline for entries is Aug. 24.