• Apple Festival This Weekend – Oct. 5, 6 & 7


    The 37th annual Arkansas Apple Festival gets under way this weekend, Oct, 5, 6 and 7 here in Lincoln, Arkansas.

    As usual, the event promises to be outstanding. The ever-popular arts and crafts fair will be on the beautiful Lincoln Square starting at 9 a.m. all three days. Thousands of visitors come each year to look, listen and buy the works of these native craftsmen. While perusing the works of vendors on the square, you will have the opportunity to sample free fresh-sliced apples and free samples of  apple cider.

    Lincoln’s own Mayor, Rob Hulse, will be selling apples this year! The mayor and several members of the city council and city staff will be selling apples on Sunday to raise funds for school scholarships and Christmas on the Square. The Lincoln Masonic Lodge and  the city will be selling apples in a joint agreement this year. The lodge will sell on Friday and Saturday and the city will continue sales on Sunday.

    We are slated to have 70 bushels of apples for sale this year. We are on track to have: 25 bushels of Yellow Delicious apples, 10 bushels of Red Delicious apples, 25 bushels of Arkansas Black apples, 10 bushels of Jonathan apples. The booth will be located in the same place as last year, across from the Community Center (Old Legion Hut front entrance). Be sure to stop by to buy apples. Proceeds go to worthy causes.

    On Friday, there will also be a choir exhibition starting at 1 p.m., followed by dulcimer music at 2:30 p.m.

    On Saturday there will be a parade at 10 a.m. The theme this year is “Vote’s In … Apples Win!” Parade entries will include motor pulled floats, vintage cars, rustic tractors, bands, horses and more. To enter, or for more information, call 479-200-9547.

    There will be a Horseshoe Tournament, sponsored by the VFW, at 10 a.m. Saturday and again on Sunday at noon. There will be four regulation pits. Participants must sign up to get on the bracket. Bring your own shoes, or you can borrow the VFW’s. First, second and third place certificates will be awarded. For more information, contact Ed Marshall at 479-841-1487 or email vfw4675@yahoo.com.

    The Apple Festival Youth Talent Contest will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Lincoln American Legion building. For information or to register call 479-824-FEST.

    As always we dedicate sections of our festival grounds to children of all ages. Our “Kids World” offers a variety of inflatable slides and obstacle courses that your child is sure to love.

    There will be special entertainment all three days including county music, bluegrass music and gospel music.

    Schedule of Events

    Friday, Oct. 5

    • Arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m.
    • Choir exhibition, 1 p.m.
    • Dulcimer Music, 2:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Oct. 6

    • Arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m.
    • Parade, 10 a.m.
    • Horseshoe Tournament, 10:30 a.m.
    • Special Entertainment, 11 a.m.
    • County/Bluegrass Music, 2 p.m.
    • Youth Talent Contest, 6 p.m.

    Sunday, Oct. 7

    • Arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m.
    • Horseshoe Tournament, noon
    • Gospel singing, 2 p.m.
    • Apple Core Throwing contest, 3 p.m.
    • Festival closes, 5 p.m.

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