The Apple Festival will be held on a new date in 2019. After receiving positive feedback when the festival was postponed due to Hurricane Florence, coordinators decided to make the change permanent. The 47th Apple Festival will be held on Oct. 19. The change doesn’t include extending the hours to 5 p.m. The festival will end at 4 p.m.
According to Lincoln County Apple Festival coordinator Carole Howell, the event has never been rescheduled since its inception in 1972. The third Saturday in October was selected so as not to coincide with the Vintage Antique Fair on the second Saturday or the Woodmill Winery Spooktacular or Hart’s Square on the fourth Saturday.
There are a lot of moving parts to Lincolnton’s signature event. City workers start the night before the festival with a variety of duties that continue well into the next day after the crowds go home and the vendors have packed up their wares. Festival coordinators worked with city officials, who ultimately decided that the new date would be a better fit all around. Vendors were polled, many of whom said that the crowd seemed to want to linger because the weather was nice. They learned from apple growers that there are more varieties of apples in season during October, compared to just two in September.
The positive feedback is encouraging to Howell.
“How do you know until you try?” Howell said. “If people like it that much, why shouldn’t we change it?”