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“Battle of the Apple Dishes” set to begin!

The 2016 Cooperative Extension “Battle of the Apple Dishes” will take place as part of the Lincoln County Apple Festival’s “Ag. City” on West Main Street, September 17th, 2016. This year the Apple Dish Contest is getting a more serious location, a more serious name, and more serious cash prizes than ever.   So get your baddest (that means best) apple recipe out, and get ready to rumble!

This year’s “Battle of the Apple Dishes” will be a cage match (screened-in outdoor tent).   That way we can have all the apple treats on display outside for festival going fans to see without worrying about keeping flying critters away!

There will be 4 classes of apple competitors:  Adult Sweet, Adult Savory, Youth Ages 8-12 any apple recipe and Youth Ages 13-17 any apple recipe.    Each class will have a $50.00 first prize and a $25.00 second prize, with all prizes sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank and the Lincoln County Apple Board.

The Grand Champion of the whole “Battle of the Apple Dishes” will take home a $100.00 Grand Prize, and will automatically be officially authorized to brag about it all year long!

Recipe submissions must be in before September 14th and can be emailed to judy_moore@ncsu.edu or mailed to: NC Cooperative Extension, 115 West Main St., Lincolnton NC 28092. The prepared dish must be brought to the Ag.City area of the Apple Festival on Saturday, September 17th between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00am. Ag.City is located on West Main Street, 2 lots west of the Citizens Center. Prizes will be announced at 12:00 noon. Call Cooperative Extension at 704-736-8461 for further details on how to enter YOUR “baddest” recipe in the Apple Battle of the Year!



For  more info, contact Carole Howell at 704-530-4636


Apple Festival Board reveals this year’s festival t-shirt design

Lincoln County resident Matt Donnelly, a senior in graphic design at Appalachian State University, submitted the winning design for this year’s Apple Festival t-shirt and received an award of $200.

Each spring, the board calls local artists to submit original artwork to feature on the Festival t-shirt. This year’s design, selected by board members, was chosen from 14 entries.

“The board really enjoys choosing the design,” said April DeGregory, Apple Festival board member and merchandising committee chair. “We really think we picked a winner this year.

“It’s clean, it’s colorful, and it reflects the spirit of what the Apple Festival is all about,” she said. “It’s definitely a new look for us.”

Second place, and an award of $100, went to Cecil Smith of Lincoln County; third place, and an award of $75, went to Amanda Black of Stanley.

Donnelly was both surprised and pleased that his design took the top spot.

“What’s especially nice is that I get to see so many people walking around wearing my design,” he said.

The shirts are $10 for small through extra large, and $12 for 2XL and 3XL. Shirts are available now at the Lincoln Cultural Center, Southern Charm Winery, the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension office, and the Lincolnton – Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce office. They will also be available at the Apple Queen Pageant on August 6 at the Citizen’s Center. Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce office. You will also be able to buy shirts at either Festival information stations on the day of the Festival.

“All that we make from this year’s sales go back into the 2017 Apple Festival,” said Carole Howell, coordinator, “so we hope they sell like funnel cakes.”


2016 Apple Festival T-shirt (reduced)

The winning designer of the 2016 Apple Festival t-shirt contest, Matt Donnelly, and Festival board chair Pete DeGregory, show off their festival wear. Apple Festival t-shirts are available at four downtown locations, and will be available at the Festival.


2016 Apple Festival Facts:

A visit from Sir Purr, an expanded Ag City, and new arts and crafts are new to this year’s Apple Festival

  • First Federal Savings Bank is the presenting sponsor for this year’s festival.
  • Other sponsors so far are Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, Universal Windows, Country Time Party Rentals, Bath Fitter, Gutter Dome, Carolina Home Remodeling, OneMain Financial and Joyce Factory Direct.
  • For the first time ever, the Apple Festival will welcome Sir Purr of Panthers, who will visit with fans and pose for photos on the East side of the Court Square from 11 a.m. until Noon.
  • Ag City, new to the Apple Festival last year, is moving from the Farmer’s Market to West Main Street with expanded displays and interactive features and games. (Tom Dyson at Cooperative Extension can tell you more.)
  • The newly crowned Apple Queen will reign over the Festival from the Business and Professional Women’s booth on the East side of Court Square.
  • 65 craft vendors with more than 20 new for 2016
  • 48 food vendors
  • 65 business and non-profit exhibitors
  • 5 local apple growers will be onsite.


For  more info, contact Carole Howell at 704-530-4636

Apple Festival Plans are Blossomingapples_crowd

Even though September 17 is quite a ‘ways away, plans for the annual Lincoln County Apple Festival are past the budding phase and are in full bloom. The popular Festival, now in its 44th year,  attracts families from all over for a full day of country fair-style fun.

“We’ve signed a number of talented new craft vendors for this year, and many others will be returning,” said Festival Coordinator Carole Howell.

Craft vendors come from Lincoln and the six surrounding counties. All crafts are handmade by the seller. All food is provided by Lincoln County non-profits. Lincoln County apple growers are naturally on hand with fresh apples by the bag and the bushel, cider, and other apple products.

Important to this year’s success will be corporate sponsorships. Because the Apple Festival is a non-profit organization with a volunteer board, this is the first time the Festival has ever solicited local businesses as sponsors.

“Because we’re not for profit and don’t receive funds from the city or county, it’s important for us to cover our operational expenses through sponsorships,” said Howell. “We will use dollars raised through sponsorships to pay our expenses and help keep our booth prices at the low to middle range compared to similar festivals. The income also allows us to bring in special features, and ensure funds for planning the next year’s Festival.”

First Federal Savings Bank of Lincolnton has already committed to a major sponsorship, and sponsorships are available at many levels and include advertising.

“We truly appreciate the community spirit of our sponsors,” said Howell. “And where else in the region can you receive exposure to more than 80,000 people in a single day?”

To learn more about business sponsorships, or to express your interest as a craft vendor, an entertainer, or as a volunteer, visit the website at LincolnCountyAppleFestival.com, or send an email to LCAppleFestival@yahoo.com.


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