Labor Day weekend is now passed, which means this year’s North Carolina Apple Festival in beautiful Hendersonville, North Carolina is over.

How was the North Carolina Apple Festival Different this Year?

This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, things were a little different from years past. The annual street fair, Entertainment and Kids Carnival and the King Apple Parade were all on hiatus this year. But that didn’t mean the fun had to stop. The North Carolina Apple Festival was more spread out this year and had a posted schedule of events for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

What were This Year’s Activities?

Friday kicked off with invitations to visit several local farms and orchards, such as Creasman Farms, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard and McConnell Farms. For those who stuck around downtown, the Hendersonville Sidewalk Sale ran from 10am – 5pm and the Mineral and Lapidary Museum opened its doors from 10am – 6pm with geode cracking in front of the entrance. Nearby Laurel Park hosted a sidewalk sale as well.


North Carolina Apple Festival

Saturday was #LoveHendo Saturday, and with Main Street closed to through traffic, stores and restaurants offered expanded outdoor opportunities for shopping and seating. There was support of the local businesses of Hendersonville who provide us with a wonderful downtown experience throughout the year. Many stopped by the Downtown Farmer’s Market to get a pancake breakfast to-go starting at 9:00am from the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club while others got their apple fix with fine orchard selections made available at the Hendersonville Tailgate Market on King Street from Lyda & Sons Orchard or picked from their selection at the Church Street Club Market. Others dropped by Piggys & Harrys for some vintage apple festival t-shirts.


Sunday kicked off the Elks Lodge Apple Breakfast at 546 N. Justice Street where, from 7:00am-12:00 noon, many got “a full breakfast featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, gravy, biscuits, apples, coffee and juice.” Advance tickets were $7.00 adult/$4.00 child or $8 adult/$5.00 child at the door. Children under six were free. The Elks Lodge had more information at 828-693-3424. Those ready for something a little different took a drive out to Circle L Farms on Circle L Drive in Hendersonville just east of the city off Hwy 64 and picked their own pears! Yes, it was apple season (and they had those available pre-picked!) but many visited their farm on Sunday to pick their own peck of pears.


The North Carolina Apple Festival activities culminated on Monday with a “sky parade” from the Bandit Flight Team, who made two flight formation passes over Downtown Hendersonville at 12:30pm on Labor Day.

There was lots of fun to be had at the 2020 North Carolina Apple Festival! Hope to see you again next year!

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