As vendors set up their tables, apple pies are carefully taken out of the oven in the Cooperative Extension kitchen, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Melinda Houser reflects on 40 years ago — when she first presented the idea of an Apple Festival.
Thinking back to 1972 when Houser thought of an idea to celebrate apples — one of Lincoln County’s then-most bountiful crops — she has noticed many changes but also some annual traditions that have stuck over the years the county has hosted the annual festival. An event that celebrates the local economy through entertainment and an atmosphere that is suitable for all ages, with recipes focused around one of the county’s most popular crops, will make its way back to the area tomorrow.
A few kids’ games, eight or so apple growers and their booths, and about 300 people attended the first festival.
Cooperative Extension Administrative Secretary Joyce Dorsey is expecting at least 75,000 patrons to attend Saturday’s event, where 200 vendors will stand by at their booths that will fill Main Street in Lincolnton this weekend. Rides for children and adults, funnel cakes, apple dishes and pony rides are among the various things to see and eat at the event this year.
“Most people come to see their friends and have a good time, but the thing that really makes the festival special is supporting your communities,” Extension Director Kevin Starr told the Times-News last week.
For more information on the event, call (704) 736-8452.