Annual Apple Festival nearing
by Staff Reports
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Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Delicious, Granny Smith ... apples. They all may have their own growing season, but it’s fall when they are most often celebrated.

The 2013 Cleveland Apple Festival on Oct. 19 and 20 will offer two days of family fun. The days will be filled with a juried arts and craft show, hayrides, apple dessert competition, pony rides, games, a bike giveaway, food and live entertainment.

“There will be plenty of activities for all ages,” according to Sandi Martin, festival coordinator.

The festival entertainment will feature local and regional individuals and groups.

The activities will open on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. with Momentum Dance Academy on the festival stage around the Bradley County Courthouse. Activities close at 7 p.m.

Other entertainment will be provided by Crooked Creek, Hannah Miller, McGill and company, Mendingwall, Scenic City Ramblers, Suzuki Strings Cleveland, Joe Mullins, Cleveland and Chattanooga Dance and Performing Arts Center.

During the day Saturday, an apple dessert contest will be held, with winners announced at 2 p.m. A cash prize will be awarded to the best homemade apple dessert in the area. Submissions will be accepted at the Gazebo between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the festival will open at 1 p.m. with Will Fowler on the stage. He will be followed by Bearhound, John Higdon and Savannah Roberts, along with Hiwassee Rain.

One of the favorite activities of the Apple Festival is the crowning of Little Miss Apple Blossom, Junior Miss Apple Blossom and Miss Apple Blossom. Girls ages 5 to 12 will be putting on their best farm or country girl outfit to compete. The contest begins at 5 p.m.

Activities on Sunday will conclude at 6 p.m.

Two special vendors will be the four-station trampoline and the Gyro-X-Treme. The Trailhead Bicycle Co. will be giving away a bike each day of the festival.

The cost for a two-day pass is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12. The one-day pass is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $3 for children 3 to 12.

Sponsors include Apple Valley Orchard, MainStreet Cleveland, Trailhead Bicycle Co., Dimensional Sound Productions, Living Word Church, the Cleveland Daily Banner, Santek Waste Service and 4 Streams Aquaponics.

The Apple Festival is a 501(c)(3) public charity that donates its proceeds each year to fund other nonprofit organization programs in the Cleveland area.