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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Vintage Apple Festival T-shirts

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Check out the collection of vintage North Carolina Apple Festival T-shirts on display at Harry's & Piggy's on Duncan Hill Road at Seventh Avenue East.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Sallie Thompson | 2019 apple crop | Harrys & Piggys

Henderson County Life

WANTED: Pre-1994 Apple Festival T-shirts

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Got an Apple Festival T-shirt from the early 1990s or before? If you're willing to part with it, you can get two free meals at Harry's & Piggy's.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | 2019 Apple Festival | Harrys & Piggys

Henderson County News

GOOD JOB!/NEEDS WORK ... Festival shines but where's the beer?

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Introducing our new editorial feature, Good Job!/Needs Work, in which we issue shoutouts for good deeds, good decisions or good ideas and gentle criticism for things that could have been done better.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | 2019 Apple Festival

Henderson County News

From slabside to King Luscious, heirloom apples have a story to tell

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As thousands of local folks and tourists celebrate apples in Hendersonville this weekend, they’ll be adding to a North Carolina heritage that goes back generations.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming | 2019 apple crop | heirloom apples

Henderson County News

Festival honors Apple Farmer of the Year

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"Proof that the apple does not fall far from the tree," a second generation grower who has expanded the family enterprise from a popular U-pick orchard to school tours, a pumpkin patch and other products was named Henderson County Apple Farmer of the Year Friday as the community opened the 73rd North Carolina Apple Festival downtown.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | 2019 apple crop | Mike Stepp

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County to commemorate president's visit to 1992 Apple Festival

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In 73 years of the North Carolina Apple Festival, there likely has never been a bigger crowd than the one that packed the streets on Sept. 5, 1992, when President George H.W. Bush came to town.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Lightning's Apple Festival guide available

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The Lightning's annual Apple Festival is on the street and coming to subscribers' mailboxes on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Parade grand marshal wants to honor teachers

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The North Carolina Apple Festival honors the apple, of course, and the apple honors a teacher.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | NC Apple Festival | King Apple Parade | Parade

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week's Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | NC Apple Festival | presidential campaigns | George H.W. Bush

Henderson County Life

Buddy K, classic rock, Zac Brown tribute headline Apple Festival stage

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Big band sound, classic rock, beach music and a Zac Brown tribute band headline the entertainment for the 73rd North Carolina Apple Festival on Labor Day weekend, the festival announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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The 73rd North Carolina Apple Festival has named a grand marshal for the King Apple Parade, which culminates the four-day celebration at 2:30 p.m. on Labor Day.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Tom Orr

Henderson County News

Apple Festival announces 2018 Apple Ambassador

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A rising senior at North Henderson High School has been named the 2018 Apple Ambassador for Western North Carolina's largest summer festival, the North Carolina Apple Festival announced.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | NC Apple Festival | Apple Festival | Apple Ambassador

Henderson County News

Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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Tags: NC Apple Festival | King Apple Parade | Apple Festival | 2017 apple crop

Henderson County News

Now that's a Big Apple!

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Stepp farm is known for apples. What about an apple as big as a baby's head?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

New taprooms stock up for Apple Festival

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Basic Brewery on Third Avenue West regularly offers a flight of craft beer for six bucks.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | craft beer industry | microbreweries | 2016 apple crop

Henderson County News

Housing Assistance Corporation seeks Apple Festival volunteers

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The Housing Assistance Corporation is seeking volunteers to help with its parking lot fundraiser during the North Carolina Apple Festival Sept 4-7.   Read Story »

Tags: Volunteers | NC Apple Festival | Apple Festival

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Rain fails to fall on Apple Festival

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The 68th annual North Carolina Apple Festival went into the books with the traditional King Apple parade, big crowds and an unusual absence of afternoon thundershowers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: They're off! on two wheels

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The starter might have said "Riders, start your quads and calves" today as more than 300 riders pushed off from Blue Ridge Community College and turned north into the apple country for the second annual Tour d'Apple bicycle ride.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Tour d'Apple | bicycling

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Big crowds this year

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Apple sellers and food vendors reported brisk sales and one of the biggest crowds ever this weekend at the North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Here's the King Apple Parade lineup

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Here is the 2014 King Apple Parade Line-Up:   Read Story »

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McCrory to ride in King Apple parade

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For the second year in a row, Gov. Pat McCrory will ride in the King Apple parade at the North Carolina Apple Festival on Labor Day.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Gov. Pat McCrory

Henderson County Business

What is this apple we celebate?

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 68th NC Apple Festival opens

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Apple Festival director David Nicholson forecast good weather, big crowds and enthusiasm for new features at the 68th North Carolina Apple Festival, which opened Friday and continues through Labor Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Apple Festival names UCB Farmers of the Year

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The North Carolina Apple Festival named the 2014 Apple Farmers of the Year today as the four-day festival opened under sunny skies on Hendersonville's Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County Business

Grand marshal 'surprised and honored' to be picked

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Kenny Barnwell, an Edneyville apple farmer, will represent the apple industry as the Grand Marshal of the King Apple Parade on Labor Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Apple Festival launches food waste recycling project

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Henderson County and North Carolina Apple Festival officials say they expect to divert tons of food waste from the landfill this weekend through a pilot composting project.   Read Story »

Tags: Recycling | NC Apple Festival

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It's time to enter apple recipes

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The annual Apple Recipe Contest at the North Carolina Apple Festival will be held on the festival's opening day at the First Citizens Plaza on Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Henderson County Opinion

MossColumn: Make the Apple Festival hoppier

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It's too late for this year, which is fine. I'm guessing it will take more than one year of advocacy for my idea to take hold. It will have to gain traction inch by inch before it reaches critical mass, and that might still be a long way off.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Mosscolumn

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Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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Edneyville apple farmer Kenny Barnwell, who has been active in efforts to promote the apple industry, has been named grand marshal of the 2014 Apple Festival Parade.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Don't miss the Lightning's NC Apple Festival guide!

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Don't miss the Hendersonville Lightning's guide to the 67th annual N.C. Apple Festival including a full-color map of the festival, entertainment schedule, food and crafts vendor list, features on the 2013 grand marshal and Apple Ambassador and our special look at "33 Things to Do" at the Apple Festival and beyond.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Apple Festival names 2013 Apple Ambassador

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A West Henderson High School student who aspires to teach elementary school has been named this year's Apple Ambassador by the North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Labor Day Tour d'Apple features 100-mile bicycle ride

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Visitors to the 67th North Carolina Apple Festival can enjoy a bicycle ride along with the rest of the activities. A long bicycle ride.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Ecusta Trail | Friends of Ecusta Trail | Tour d'Apple | bicycling

Henderson County News

Apple Festival offers booths for non-profits

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The North Carolina Apple Festival is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to participate in this year's Street Fair.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Photo gallery: 2012 King Apple Parade

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Henderson County News

Parade lineup set for King Apple Parade

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Just over 100 entries are set for the King Apple Parade that wraps up the North Carolina Apple Festival starting at 2:30 p.m. Monday.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Life

'I don't know how to retire,' says grower of the year

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Under clear blue skies the 66th annual North Carolina Apple Festival opened with a welcome from officials and festival officials and the announcement of the fourth annual Apple Farmer of the Year, third generation grower Eugene Charles "Bud" Dalton of Edneyville.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming | Eugene Charles "Bud" Dalton

Henderson County Life

A few miles from Main Street, pick an apple from a tree

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Apple Festival visitors can always find plenty of fresh apples up and down Main Street. But for see where they grow and pick them by hand, visitors might want to hop in the car and head to a U-pick orchard.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming | Skytop Orchard | Justus Orchard

Henderson County Life

Apple ambassador promotes apples, sings, dances

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ZIRCONIA — This year's Apple Ambassador, Margaret Butler, is the third-generation of an apple growing family from Zirconia.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Main Street gets an apple makeover

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Easy-ups and not so easy-ups dominated the streetscape Thursday night as vendors, apple growers and food purveyors set up for the 66th North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Apple Festival could attract convention Democrats

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This year's North Carolina Apple Festival will offer fresh apples, samples of a new brand of ice cream and maybe more Democrats than usual.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Isaac's westward shift could spare NC mountains

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The path of Tropical Storm Isaac, which lashed the Florida Keys on Sunday and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it lumbered up the Gulf of Mexico, has shifted to the west, a hopeful sign for Henderson County's apple crop and the festival that honors it.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County Life

King Apple parade entries open

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Love a parade? Line up for the King Apple, the granddaddy of them all in these parts.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | NC Apple Festival | King Apple Parade

Henderson County Life

Apple Festival names this year's Apple Ambasssador

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Margaret Butler, a rising senior at Hendersonville High School, has been named the 2012 North Carolina Apple Ambassador.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Margaret Butler

Henderson County Business

County T&T earmarks $100,000 for new stage

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Henderson County's Travel and Tourism agency agreed this week to set aside $100,000 for a permanent stage and outdoor pavilion next to the T&T headquarters.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Music on Main | NC Apple Festival