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Brushy Mountain Apple Festival Featured Music, Food, Vendors and Apples Last Weekend; Photos Included

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Oct. 6, 2014. On Saturday, Oct. 4, downtown North Wilkesboro was bustling with life as the 37th annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival brought more than 100,000 excited attendees to the small town. Started out as just an annual fundraiser decades ago, the festival has grown into an event that draws tens of thousands of excited attendees every year.

And attendees couldn’t have asked for a better day. With temperatures cool, but not cold, a crisp autumn breeze and lots of sunshine, it was a perfect day to enjoy one of the first festivals of the fall season.

The Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club operates and organizes the festival each year, and it has become one of the largest fundraisers for Wilkes County, with more than 100 civic, church and nonprofit organizations participating. The festival is free to attend, and all proceeds from the festival are donated back to the community.

The festival featured than 300 arts and craft vendors, 100 food vendors, four music stages, performances such as clogging, folk dance, rope skipping and much more. Activities featured this year included carriage rides, train rides, apple butter demonstrations, soap making demonstrations, blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations, pottery, a petting zoo, pony rides, survivalist demonstrations, a moonshine still, a bounce house and much more.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out the pictures below to see all the action. And if you didn’t go this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for next year, as this is one fall festival that you don’t want to miss again!

Photos by Madison Fisler Lewis

Many folks hit the festival early to take advantage of a full day of activities.
Among the delicious food selections was this fried apple pie stand.
The festival offered more than 100 food vendors
Craft vendors sold their wares
Retired military members handed out cloth flowers in memory and in honor of current and past service members.
So many choices!
A vendor bags a heap of fried apple pies for a customer
Craft vendors sold their wares.
How many would you like?
Smoked turkey legs were among the most popular food items available.
Apple pies fried in butter – yum!
Funnel cake and fresh squeezed lemonade
The Brushy Mountain Fire Department sold fried apple pies too!
The kids are featured a bounce house
At one of the pavilions, guests could choose from many types of food and listen to live music.
What should I get next?
Craft vendors sold baked goods, pottery and everything in between.
Kids of all ages were in attendance at the festival.
Craft vendors were varied, like this one, which offered miniature terrariums.
Unique birdhouses were offered by one vendor.
The Apple Festival featured a good share of Christmas items as well.
Over the course of the day, more than 100,000 people attended the festival
Excited attendees visit the booths.
People as far as the eye can see from this vantage point on a hill in downtown.
The live music pavilion started to fill up around lunchtime.
Live music was held throughout the day, including this Christian Barbershop Quartet.
Guests enjoy the live music while children play in the background.