Apple Festival under way in Hendersonville

Apple Festival (courtesy N.C. Apple Festival).

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – The 69th North Carolina Apple Festival began Friday in downtown Hendersonville.

Around 250,000 people are expected to visit the festival over Labor Day Weekend where they’ll enjoy live entertainment, vendors, an 8k race, parade, and of course apples.

North Carolina is the seventh largest apple producer in the country, and growers in Hendersonville are responsible for about 65 percent of those apples. Organizers say the apple industry brings in around $22 million for the county.

The festival will feature a variety of apple products from butter and cider to pies and even apple fries.

The event is free, but organizers are asking people to leave their pets at home.

The opening ceremony started Friday morning and continues through Sunday.

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