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Apple farmers looking forward to Denver Days

Apple Fest vendors will have an opportunity to sell their apples at the Denver Days Festival Oct. 1 and 2.
“We have three firm committed apple growers who are really excited that they can do this since the Apple Festival was canceled this year,” said Patsy Black, who is helping with the festival this year.
The East Lincoln Area Council of the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce discussed their plans for the festival this year at Tuesday’s meeting in Denver. They decided to set up a booth to have at the event.
Raffle tickets are also being sold for $1 for a TV which has been donated by Wal-Mart. All proceeds will go to the chamber.
Bo Moore, also gave an update on the traffic situation in the eastern end. A committee made up of planners and county officials have been working on a land-use and transportation study of the 35-mile stretch of N.C. 73 from Lincoln to Cabarrus County.
Moore, a Lincoln representative on the committee is now working on another plan, getting a direct link to Denver. He has put in a request to the Department of Transportation.
“There is just no way to get to Denver off of an Interstate,” Moore said.
Stephen Starnes, Chair of the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is working on having a meeting with the chamber executive board and leaders in east Lincoln.
“We want to know what we as a chamber can do rather than us sitting up here in Lincolnton wondering what we should do,” Starnes said. “We need to push hard for this and get it on the agenda.”
Starnes term expires at the end of this year and he said he wants to start something before he is no longer chair.
The council hopes to have a meeting set up before their annual planning retreat at Chetola in November.
The area council’s next project will be to discuss incorporation of Denver and the signs that are cluttered on N.C. 16.
by Amy Wadsworth

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