Tens of thousands of people are expected to fill downtown North Wilkesboro Saturday for the 40th annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival.
The 17th annual Apple Jam, the festival before the festival, is from 6-9 p.m. Friday (today) in the Apple Festival Park at the intersection of 10th and Ninth streets in downtown North Wilkesboro. It will feature music by Sassafras. Food and drinks will be sold.
The Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club organizes and operates the event, which is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. Nancy Putzel is this year’s club president and festival chairman. Official festival hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The opening ceremony is from 9-9:30 a.m. at the Apple Festival Park. Mayor Robert Johnson will present a proclamation then designating Saturday “Brushy Mountain Apple Festival 40th Anniversary Day.” The document, approved by the North Wilkesboro board Tuesday, says “Brushy Mountain apples are some of the finest grown anywhere” and notes that North Wilkesboro has hosted the festival since its second year in