40th Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival
Make plans now to join us in downtown Erwin!

October 6 & 7, 2017
Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Unicoi County Apple Festival, drawing more than 110,000 annual attendees, has been consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and is a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. The 4oth annual festival will include over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the country featuring painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal crafts, jewelry, blown glass and much more.  In addition, three food courts will be located throughout the festival grounds so attendees may enjoy festival foods, beverages and specialty cuisine.

Two entertainment stages featuring live music will perfectly complement the arts and crafts atmosphere.  A large children’s area complete with rides and activities will be included in the festival for both the young and young-at heart.  A wide array of tournaments will be featured including the NFS 4-Mile Race, Erwin Record Photography Contest, Corn Hole Tournament and Apple Dumpling Contest.

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Festival Activities Include:

  • Arts & Crafts

    It’s a shoppers delight! More than 350 vendors from around the country will line downtown Erwin in “American Craft Country”. With everything from handmade jewelry and woodturning to paintings and pottery, the arts and crafts at the Unicoi County Apple Festival are a must see!

  • Entertainment

    Two entertainment stages will be showcased throughout the festival grounds:

    Love Street Stage: Friday and Saturday, the Love Street Stage will feature traditional Southern Gospel music in the morning and Christian music in the afternoon and evening.  Church youth groups are encourage to attend the special Christian concert on Saturday evening.

    Gay Street Stage: This pro-stage will feature two-days of the regions best bluegrass, country, rock and acoustic music.

  • Food, Food, Food

    No need to pack your lunch! Everything from traditional, Chinese, Greek, Stir-Fry to specialty items such as apple butter, fried pies, jams, jellies and other apple treats are available. Bring your appetite and let it have a festival!

  • Tailgate Party

    Join Grand Rental Station, Fatz and Creamy Cup for the Apple Festival Tailgate Party.  Fatz will be cooking up some pulled pork bbq, grilled chicken and baby back ribs with all the sides. Creamy Cup will be serving hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream and sundae’s and banana splits.  Grand Rental Station will have games and prizes, as well as a photo booth so you can capture your memories from the festival.  TV’s will be set up inside so you won’t miss out on game day!

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  • Children’s Area

    The large children’s area is a festival within a festival, uniquely designed for the young festival goers, complete with rides, games, concessions and much more. Sponsored by the Unicoi County Family YMCA, the festival children’s area will feature exciting attractions including The Fun Factory, Adrenalin Rush, Laser Tag, Bungee Run, Joust, Saber-Tooth Tiger Slide, Bungee Trampoline and Madagascar. Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate. The train ride, a children’s favorite from years past, will also be part of this year’s events.

  • Foot Races

    It’s a race to the finish line….join in Erwin’s world-famous 4 mile run and 2 mile race walk. Applications will be available in August.

  • Apple Dumpling Contest

    The Apple Dumpling Contest is a fundraising event in which children ages five years old and under vie for the title of Apple Dumpling of the Year.  Applications will be available in August

  • Photography Contest

    Show off your photographic style during the 10th annual Apple Festival Photography Contest sponsored by The Erwin Record and the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce. The contest is open to amateur photographers ages 13 and over. Both color and black and white photographs are welcome. The contest will include six categories – inanimate objects, people, animals, plants/flowers, landscapes and water scenes. Contestants many only enter one black and white and one color photo per category. All entries must be print size 8″ x 10″ and matted on a white 11″ x 14″ matte. No frames, glass or color mattes will be judged. Contestants should print their name, address, phone number and category on the back of the matte. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st through 3rd place in both categories and age divisions. A best in show award will be chosen from the first place winners. The contest is limited to amateur photographers only.

  • Pottery Show & Sale

    Come and shop beautiful Blue Ridge Pottery from dealers throughout America. As the largest show and sale of Blue Ridge Pottery in the United States, this is definitely a must see for all visitors and collectors alike. Check back in August for show times.

Love Street Stage

Both Friday and Saturday, on the Love Street Stage traditional Southern Gospel acts and Christian artists will take the stage. The stage is adjacent to one of the festival food courts and contains seating.  Complete schedule and lineup will be available in September.

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2016 Love Street Stage Sponsors included

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Gay Street Stage

The Gay Street Stage will feature a professional touring stage hosting a variety of music genres including country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic. Complete schedule and lineup will be available in September.

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Friday, October 6, 2017 Saturday, October 7, 2017

2016 Gay Street Stage Sponsors included

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