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NC Apple Fest Starts Friday In Hendersonville

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Hungry for some fresh, locally-grown apples? You're in luck. The North Carolina Apple Festival starts Friday in Hendersonville. Hungry for some fresh, locally-grown apples? You're in luck. The North Carolina Apple Festival starts Friday in Hendersonville.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -

Hungry for some fresh, locally-grown apples? You're in luck. The North Carolina Apple Festival starts Friday in Hendersonville.

Farmers have begun harvesting several varieties for the event, including the new Zester.

Apple growers say they are proud of this year's crop, especially following one of the most devastating late freezes on record in 2012 that wiped out many of the area's orchards.

"We are surprised at how well we have come out," said apple grower Pat Freeman.

Now farmers want to show off their hard work, and they will have the opportunity to do so at the N.C. Apple Festival.

"We started as an apple-growing community and certainly, the eastern part of Henderson County still has a number of orchards, so we are kind of celebrating the history," says festival director David Nicholson.

The annual event has been going on for 67 years.

Nicholson says 200 different vendors have signed-up along with 15 local farmers. The festival will also have a variety of entertainment acts and free exhibits.

But at the core of the event is the apple.

"It keeps the availability of this wonderful fruit in our area and in everyone's mind," Freeman said.

On average, the N.C. Apple Festival attracts between 225,000- 250,000 people to Hendersonville during the four-day run. It is also responsible for an estimated $14 million boost to the local economy each year.

For more information on the 2013 N.C. Apple Festival and schedule of events, click here.

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