Apple Fest 9/20/2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come enjoy apples, crafts, music, food, and more! Hogway Speedway: The Official Racing Pigs, games for children and much more!

Apple Fest crowd


  • Herr Kater and the Apple Tree Puppet Show
  • Triad Scottish Fiddlers and Friends
  • Hogway Speedway - The Official Racing Pigs - Sponsored by Mr. BBQ

Fried apple pies, apple cider and other apple products will be featured but the event will also offer much, much more. The crowds of around 9,000 people will also enjoy music, dancing, children's games and activities, book signings, craft vendors, colonial re-enactors and more. 

The day will consist of several music concerts as well as dancing by Pat Adkins and the South Fork Cloggers. Also, guests will be able to pick their winner at the "Hogway Speedway: The Official Racing Pigs." Historical interpreters will demonstrate spinning, pottery, and basket making. 

Apples from local orchards will be available for purchase along with a variety of food and drinks..

Admission is free but there will be a charge for crafts, food, and drinks

Main Stage Music 

10:30 - Adam Hurt & Beth Hartness 
11:30 - Molasses Creek 
12:30 - Company Store Band
  1:30 - Adam Hurt & Beth Hartness
  2:30 - Molasses Creek
  3:30 - Company Store Band

These are the participants for this years event:

Anna's Sweet Treats
Cindy Poindexter Baskets
Creasman Farms
Dennis & Marie Nodine
Dewey's Blue Ridge Ice Cream
Freedom Farm Soaps
Handcrafted Originals by Peri
Inga's Apples
J's Corn
Levering Orchard
Lumpy's Ice Cream
Mrs. Pumpkins
Museum of Anthropology
Paddy's Italian Ice
Pfafftown Animal Hospital
Rawhide rancher
Ricky Byerly
Shade Lane Apiary
Tin Creations
TLP Pottery
Woodcarving from Orchard Grove

Apple History at Bethabara Park

When Moravians arrived in Bethabara in 1753, they almost immediately set about planting apple trees from seeds brought from Europe. According to records, it was recommended to plant six apple trees for every family member.

Within a few years, all the hills around the Park were filled with apple orchards. It is estimated between five and eight acres, according to the maps the Moravians kept.

Apples were among Bethabara's biggest products, probably not far behind cattle. The settlers also probably traded grafts from apple trees to pioneers who passed through Bethabara on their way our west.

Historically, apples were a big part of American life. In the Piedmont, people mostly dried apples but the Moravians built root cellars where fresh apples could be kept for a long time.

Apples were used the same as today - dried apples in pies, apple cider to drink, as a side dish and as vinegar.

We celebrate Apple Festival with a tribute to the Moravian way of life on this day.

A message for vendors:

As a rule, Historic Bethabara Park does not have space for new vendors at Apple Fest. Most (if not all) vendors return year after year. On the rare instance we do have spots open up, we turn to vendors who have exhibited here in the past and then pull from our wait list (which is quite long).  

However, if you would like to be added to our wait list, please send us a description and pictures of your items, as well as a link to your website. All items must be home made and "fit" with the colonial feel of Historic Bethabara Park. Vendors who demonstrate a period craft or trade will be given preference. 

All Park events are rain or shine and vendors are expected to participate regardless of weather. Vendors are charged a $50 non-refundable vendor fee and must agree to sign a hold harmless clause with the park. 

Send your information to Kelli Cox and you will be placed on the wait list. We will contact you if you are selected to be a vendor. Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we ask for no phone calls please.

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