Finally, it is September and this Labor Day weekend is the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville. I am enjoying the weekend, and celebrating the beginning of the fall season. According to the weather guy, meteorological fall begins September 1, even if the true season based on the Autumnal equinox begins September 22. I have posted about this festival almost every year I’ve been blogging, and it is still a most anticipated event. I’ve linked some of my previous posts to show you more. Apple treats are available at vendors all down Main street, from French Apple Beignets and fried pies, to ice cream. See more treats on my post Apple Festival Food.
The Apple Festival vendor booths are full of apple varieties and apple them gifts. See some of those, some of the music shows, and the car show sponsored by our British Car Club on that link.
Here’s my picnic quilt in the quilt show from the only time I entered, and all the entries had to have apples. I think they stopped doing this part of the festival a few years ago.
The King Apple Parade is an annual part of the event, taking place on Labor Day each year. I think every municipality in the county sends a fire truck, with all the sirens and horns blasting as they go down the street. There are high school bands, and lots of floats too. The parade lasts about 45 minutes!
The British Car Club was once again at Laurel Park on Saturday for their annual show in conjunction with Apple Festival. Only our members participate, it isn’t a big show, only about a dozen cars. My Sweet Babboo was there on Saturday.
One year, I showed some of the characters walking around the street during the festival, like this guy. I cannot imagine how hot this costume must be, but the guy inside was hamming it up.
In 2020, the street festival was canceled, and all we could do was visit orchards. We went out early one day, Visiting the Apple Orchards, and I got some great shots of orchards and apples. We had to wear masks that year, and we didn’t stay anywhere long, but it was something to do after a long lockdown. The orchards tried hard to do festive displays along with a variety of apples to buy.
About halfway down that post, you’ll see a photo of some Jonagold apples high in a tree that I took that day. I entered that photo in the following Mountain State Fair, and was thunderstruck to see not only a first place ribbon on it in the Agriculture category, but a Best Of Show for all categories of Amateur Photography for 2021!! I can’t wait for this year’s fair to see what might happen with my photos. I am ever hopeful.
Also last year, my Apple Galette won a first place in the Apple Cooking Competition. Here’s that recipe – Spiced Apple Galette if you’d like it.
We’ll be heading downtown for part of the weekend and probably going on Monday for the parade. While My Sweet Babboo was at Laurel Park yesterday for the car show, I assisted a friend with his pottery booth at one of the apple orchards. On Tuesday, I will work the check in table for the quilt competition at the NC Mountain State Fair. It’s almost here!!
What are your plans for this holiday weekend?