‘Peace, Love, Apples’ - Apple Festival opening day one of the best in history

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 8, 2018 at 6:15 PM

ERWIN — Friday’s summer-like weather made for what may go down as the most successful opening day in the 41-year history of the Unicoi County Apple Festival.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Delp said she was was pleased to hear from several of the more than 300 vendors that they were having their best Friday ever at the festival.

“It’s going great,” she said. “We’ve had one of the best Friday crowds we’ve ever seen. The weather obviously has a lot to do with that, because it’s been so pretty.”

Relocating the festival’s main music stage to Tucker Street and reformatting the setup of gospel music stage on Love Street  also seemed to be going over well, Delp said. And she was excited to have Geico on board as a new festival sponsor and the Geico Experience trailer on the street, giving away prizes and inviting festivalgoers to make their own Karaoke videos with the Geico gecko.

John Darr, whose large assortment of Stanley Produce apples and homemade apple desserts are a standard at the festival, said apples from the nearby mountains of are also very good this year.

At the newly opened Union Street Tap Room, owner Michael Baker said the two- and three-deep line at the bar was a very good news for his and his wife Tara’s opening weekend.

And across the street at the new Union St. Gallery, glass and metal artist Jan and Vince Bowden were excited to have sold two of their largest pieces and had put several more of their one-of-kind artworks out on display.

The Apple Festival will start again at 8 a.m. on Saturday and run through 8 Saturday evening with main stage performers Broadstreet Station playing at 4, Hip Gypsy at 5:30 and 7 Mile Mushroom at 7.

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