There are not a lot of things you can bank on in life, but you can bank on the Hickory Apple Festival being absolutely fantastic. Turns out that the apple festival is the largest fund raising event for its hosting Mt. Pleasant Fire Department. These brave firefighters and the ever-doting ladies auxiliary make sure to bring out all the stops. A craft show, homemade food, live entertainment, and plenty of fun activities to keep the children happy all help to make this is an obvious choice for a hands-down great time.
At the Apple Festival, score one for home cooking, because the Apple Festival is inundated with it. And in no way is that a bad thing! Fresh oven-baked bread, their popular slow-cooked bean soup. There are also a selection of fresh delicious sandwiches the likes of roast beef, hot sausage, kielbasa, and even roasted pork. Be sure to take home some fresh apples and some freshly made corn meal. Every morning there’s an amazing pancake breakfast and every evening a roasted chicken dinner. Homemade goodies baked fresh and so delicious. Apples pies, crisps, dumplings, apple butter, apple cider, and caramel candy apples. There’s even apple syrup! Don’t forget to try the festival’s famous apple pizza. The fine folks at Apple Festival even have a real working corn meal and visitors can take home a bag of fresh ground meal.
For entertainment the Apple Festival really does go overboard – and in no way is that a bad thing! For the kids there is just an offense amount of awesome fun things to see and do. There’s the moonwalk bounce house, hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting, clowns, balloon animals, and even a Boy Scout encampment. There are also a ton of crafter demonstrations, great antique machinery, and car show. The live entertainment is dolled out between not one but two stages for continual entertainment. And continual it is. From festival open to festival close the stage is set for rock and folk bands as well as high school ensembles, church choirs, performances from the local music conservatory, and fun contests like pie eating and apple bobbing.
Admission is free and off-site parking is free with a shuttle.