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.

Three 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, Miss Apple Festival Pageant 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

    Three stages consisting of entertainment will be included in this year’s festival lineup. Both Friday and Saturday, top Southern Gospel groups will take center stage on the Love Street Stage. The Gay Street Stage will feature a variety of up-and-coming touring artists from across the country. The Gathering Place Park Stage will include presentations and demonstrations from local and regional attractions and venues, as well as festival announcements, contest winners, and dance.  The complete stage lineups are below.

  • 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 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.

  • Apple Festival 4-Mile Roadrace and 3K Race Walk

    It’s a race to the finish line….Runners from across the region will converge on the streets of Erwin on Saturday, Oct. 7 for the running of the Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. and YMCA Apple Festival 4-Mile Footrace and 3k Race Walk. Again this year, $500 will be awarded to the male or female participant who breaks the current Tennessee State 4-mile record. To be eligible for this prize, runners must be a U.S. citizen and a Tennessee state resident. Pre-registration for the running event is $20 and $15 for the 3K walk. Pre-registration must be received by Saturday, September 30. Race day registration is $20 for the walk and $25 for the run. Registration closes at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. All participants receive a souvenir
    T-shirt. Click here for online registration. 

  • Miss Apple Festival Pageant

    The Miss Apple Festival Pageant will be held on Saturday, September 30. Nine divisions will be included in the event, including Baby Miss (0-12 months), Wee Miss (13 – 24 months), Toddler Miss (2-3), Jr. Princess (4-6), Princess (7-9), Preteen (10-12), Teen (13-16), Miss (17-24) and Senior Ms. (50+).  A Queen and 2 runner-ups will be crowned in all age divisions. Queen receives crown, sash, & trophy. Runners-up will receive a trophy or crown. Non-finalists receive trophy or crown. 2 High Point Queens will be crowned in age divisions 0 – 6 and 7 & up. High Point Queens receive a large crown, sash, large trophy and gift. Click HERE for a Miss Apple Festival Pageant 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 an Apple Dumpling Contest Application Packet.

  • Ruby Apple Hunt

    Sunday, October 1 – Friday, October 6

    Join in the hunt each day for the Ruby Apple Hunt sponsored by Cash Express. Scavenger hunt clues posted daily on festival social media pages and at the Chamber of Commerce office. A $50 daily cash prize will be given and a $300 grand prize awarded on Saturday, October 7.

  • Harvest Celebration

    Sunday, October 1 from 12 to 3 p.m.

    Location: Clinchfield Senior Adult Center

    Kickoff the 40th Annual Apple Festival at the Harvest Celebration luncheon. Enjoy a great Italian themed lunch, music, entertainment and door prizes. Kids can participate in the Apple Decorating Contest for a chance to win a “Kids Prize Pack”. Tickets are $7 each and will benefit the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center and can be purchased at the Chamber office.

  • Family Adventure Night

    Monday, October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

    Location: USA Raft

    Enjoy an evening of food, contests, family fun and door prizes. Activities will include a kids fishing derby in a stocked pond (bring your own fishing gear), guided Appalachian Trail hikes, volleyball courts and standup paddle boarding and one-wheel demonstrations. A cornhole tournament is planned. Entry for the tournament is $10 per person and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. At dusk, enjoy smores by the bonfire. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Food concessions will be sold.

  • Paint the Town Ruby Red – Masterpiece Mixer

    Location: Unicoi County Gas Utility District

    Create an apple-themed masterpiece to take home and enjoy for years to come at this event. Tickets are available for $40 each and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited. A ticket will include hors-d’oeuvres, canvas, paint, and supplies, as well as a painting instructor for the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office.

  • Chamber Open House

    Wednesday, October 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.

    Location: Chamber of Commerce Office

    The community is invited to join longtime festival vendors as we celebrate 40 years of tradition with a special “Festival Anniversary Cake”. Doorprizes will also be given.


Love Street Stage

Both Friday and Saturday, on the Love Street Stage top Southern Gospel artist will take the stage to praise the Lord in song. The stage, located in front of First Baptist Church, will be located on the corner of Love and Church Streets. The stage is adjacent to one of the festival food courts and contains covered seating.

Friday, October 6, 2017 Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time Performer Time Performer
10:30 am 10:30 am By His Blood
12 pm The Glorymen 12 pm Russell Bennett
1:30 pm Christian Trivette 1:30 pm The Foundations
3 pm Mercy’s Well 3 pm Bless’d Ministries
4:30 pm Russell Bennett 4:30 pm Christian Davis
6 pm The Primitive Quartet 6 pm

Gay Street Stage

Friday, October 6, 2017 Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time Performer Time Performer
11:15 am TBA 11:15 am Kate Hastings Band
1 pm Jesse Mariah 1 pm Caroline Keller Band
2:45 pm Matt Bennett Band 2:45 pm BJ Willbanks Band
4:30 pm Jessica McNear Band 4:30 pm Pete Schlegel Band
6:15 pm Stone Senate 6:15 pm Jeremy Bar-Illan


Gathering Place Park Stage

The Gathering Place Park Stage will showcase local and regional attractions and venues within Northeast Tennessee with various demonstrations and presentations, as well as festival announcements, contest winners, and dancing.  This stage will be located in the Gathering Place Park on Main Avenue, between Keesecker’s and Plant Palace Florist.

Friday, October 6, 2017 Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time Performer Time Performer
12 pm Friends of Rocky Fork State Park and State Forestry Service 12 pm Bays Mountain
1 pm Cooking Contest Winner 1 pm Dandy Lines (Line Dancing)
2 pm University of Tennessee Extension Service 2 pm University of Tennessee Extension Service
3 pm TBA 3 pm Apple Dumplin’ Contest Winners
5 pm Partners of the Cherokee National Forest 5 pm Partners of the Cherokee National Forest
6 pm TBA 6 pm Ruby Apple Hunt Winner Drawing and Quilt Auction

Festival Sponsors:

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