Join us in downtown Erwin!

39th Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival

October 7 & 8, 2016
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. This year’s festival includes 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 are located throughout the festival grounds so attendees may enjoy festival foods, beverages and specialty cuisine.

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

Download the application you need below:

Craft Vendor Application Commercial Sponsor Application



What to know about this year’s festival!


CenturyLink to provide free wireless Internet

CenturyLink is providing free wireless High-Speed Internet in downtown Erwin for the 38th Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival, in partnership with the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce.  Festival patrons and volunteers can access the Internet using their personal devices during the festival.

To make things easy and safe for vendors to complete credit card transactions on the spot, CenturyLink will also set up password protected access just for vendors.


Festival Activities Include:

  • Arts & Crafts

    It’s a shoppers delight! Nearly 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

    Three entertainment stages will be showcased throughout the festival grounds:

    Gospel Stage: Friday and Saturday, the Johnson City Toyota and CrestPoint Health  Gospel Stage will feature top gospel singers from around the nation to praise the Lord in song.

    Commons Area Stage: This pro-stage, sponsored in part by Ambrosound,  Blood Assurance, CenturyLink,  Nuclear Fuel Services, and Select Seven Credit Union will feature two-days of the regions best bluegrass, country, rock and acoustic music.

    Gathering Place Stage: This stage, sponsored in part by Waste-Management, will include dance, individual performance and contest announcements.

  • 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!

  • 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 2015 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. Contact the Unicoi County Family YMCA at (423) 743-3361 for an application for the 4 mile run or 2 mile race walk.

  • Cornhole Tournament

    Tournament will be double elimination and will follow American Cornhole Organization rules with official tournament cornhole boards and bags.  Final tournament format will be based on total participation and determined the day of the event. Players will be guaranteed a minimum of 2 games int he competition.  Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 3 at 1 p.m.  Click here for the 2015 Cornhole Tournament Application.

  • 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. Click here for the 2015 Apple Dumpling Contest Packet.

  • Photography Contest

    Show off your photographic style during the 9th 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. Entries must be submitted to the Chamber by Wednesday, September 23. 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. Join us for the 35th annual Blue Ridge Pottery Show at the Unicoi County Intermediate School Gymnasium. Doors are open from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 1 for a Preview Sale. Regular show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for more information on the Blue Ridge Pottery Club Show and Sale.

Gospel Stage

Both Friday and Saturday, on the Johnson City Toyota, Bath PlanetCrestPoint Health and Madaris Siding & Windows Gospel Stage, top gospel singers from around the nation will praise the Lord in song. The gospel stage is adjacent to one of the festival food courts and contains seating.

Friday, October 7, 2016 Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time Performer Time Performer
Friday, October 7, 2016 Saturday, October 8, 2016
10:30 a.m. 10 a.m.
11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m. 12:15 p.m.
12:45 p.m. 12:45 p.m.
2 p.m. 2 p.m.
3:15 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m.
5 p.m. 5 p.m.
6:15 p.m.

Gospel Stage Sponsors include

Toyota         CrestPoint Health Logo  Bath Planet 2015

Commons Area Stage

The 2015 Unicoi County Apple Festival will again include the Common’s Area Stage. This professional touring stage, sponsored by  Ambrosound, American Home Builders, BlueGreen Vacations, Blood AssuranceCenturyLink, Nuclear Fuel ServicesSelect Seven Credit Union, Softub and Unicoi County Memorial Hospital , will feature a variety of music genres including country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic.

Friday, October 7, 2016 Saturday, October 8, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016 Saturday, October 8, 2016
12 p.m. Rowdy Tipton 10 a.m. Chelsea & Grace Constable
2 p.m. Beth Snapp 12 p.m. Adam Clouse Band
4 p.m. Lauren Cole Band 2 p.m. Blue Edition
6 p.m. Under the Table 4 p.m. Ivy Road
8 p.m. Killing Abraham 6 p.m. This Mountain

Commons Area Stage Sponsors include

Ambrosound-2013-Website.jpg     Select Seven Credit Union

NFS_standard_logo-Website            Blood Assurance      Unicoi County Memorial Hospital 2 color