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Festival salutes Apple Farmer of the Year

Fair Waggoner congratulates Apple Farmer of the Year Marvin Lively. Fair Waggoner congratulates Apple Farmer of the Year Marvin Lively.

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Known for his hard work, willingness to give advice to fellow farmers and for his love of the apple industry, Marvin Lively was honored as the United Community Bank Apple Farmer of the Year Friday morning during the opening ceremony of the 72nd annual North Carolina Apple Festival.

Lively, the 10th winner of the award, was nominated by the first winners Dale and Geraldine Lamb.

"Marvin is extremely hard working with a love and passion for the apple industry and for all forms of agriculture," the Lambs said in nominating Lively. "He is stellar in his field, always raising a high quality product. He can always be depended on to give good and reliable advice to his fellow grower, if they come to him seeking help. With years of experience under his belt, he is willing to help in any way that he can."

Fair Waggoner, of United Community Bank, said the Apple Farmer of the Year award "reminds us of why we are here, what we are celebrating and who is at the core of this festival."