Upcoming Fall Festivals

Hannah Swayze • Sep 17, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Apple pie for all!

Apple lovers rejoice! The Unicoi County Apple Festival will return this year October 5 and 6 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. both days.

The massive festival in downtown Erwin draws more than 110,000 visitors with its hundreds of vendors and apple-themed activities. At this festival, visitors can find a large array of live performances, drafts and art. Plus, apples can be consumed in every way imaginable in one of the festival’s three food courts.

At the festival, don’t miss the Miss Apple Festival, the 4-mile Road Race and 3K Walk, The apple dumpling contest or the Ruby Apple Hunt.

The festival is free to attend. For more information, directions, or to sign up to be a vendor, visit http://unicoicounty.org/apple-festival/.

Nothing says fall like cranberries

Celebrate the Autumn season at the 26th Shady Valley Cranberry Festival in Shady Valley, Tennessee. On October 12-13 at Shady Valley Elementary School, take part in this festival beginning Friday evening with a bean dinner followed by and auction. The fun kicks off early on Saturday with a breakfast at the fire station at 7 a.m .and is followed at 10 a.m. with a parade. The rest of the day will be filled with crafts, food, music, kids entertainment and more.

To stay up to day or learn more about the festival, call the school at 423-7392422 or visit https://northeasttennessee.org/event/shady-valley-cranberry-festival/.

Nerds, unite!

For those who missed Atlanta’s Dragon*Con last month, no need to fret! The Tri-Cities own Conapalooza is only a week away.

Conapalooza is a 24-hour event that will be held October 12-14. The weekend will be filled to the brim with celebrity appearances, panels, cosplayers, gaming and more. Everyone with interests from manga to Dungeons and Dragons to 90s cartoons and disney will find something entertaining.

A three-day pass is $30, and a Saturday-only pass is $20. Friday-only and Sunday-only passes are $10 each. Children under 10 years of age are free. The Con will take place at The Meadowview Convention Center at 1901 Meadowview Pkwy in Kingsport, Tennessee.

To purchase passes, an event t-shirt or to learn more, visit www.conapalooza.com/.

For the pups

Join the Humane Society of Washington County Inc, animal-lovers and their pets

Barktoberfest 2018 to raise money for local animals October 13 3-8 p.m. at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City.

Activities include bark-or-treat stops for the pups, a costume contest, a “puppy bowl,” where foster puppies “play football,” and plenty of fun for the dogs.

New this year is the Duke and Duchess of Barktoberfest. Pets can be entered on the Humane Society’s website. Once you are registered, a page for your pet can be created and then your fundraising can begin. Winners will be crowned and will receive a day at the pet spa, a gift basket for pup and owner, and two tickets to the 2019 Dogwood Cattails Ball.

The event is a massive fundraiser to pay for the care of pets in the area and Human Society Services. Some of the Humane Society’s programs include spay neutering, animal fostering and Lend a Paw, a service that provides temporary care for the pets of veterans during medical procedures or hospitalization. The Humane Society of Washington County is a non-profit that receives no funding from public of government funding, or national societies.

For more information or to register to donate, visit https://hswctn.org/.

Event Schedule:

3-5 p.m.: Packet pick-up for the Monster Dash and Monster Mile Walk.

4-8 p.m.: Bark-or-Treat Village is open.

4:30 p.m.: Costume contest.

5:15 p.m.: Welcome

5:30 p.m.: Monster Dash and Monster Mile Walk begin.

6:30 p.m.: Awards ceremony.

8 p.m.: Event ends.

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