Wednesday, September 15, 2010

North Carolina Apple Festival

Labor Day weekend North Carolina hosts its annual Apple Festival in Hendersonville. We decided to drive up for the afternoon and enjoy the mountains, fresh picked apples and slightly cooler weather.

It was our first visit to Hendersonville and where the festival was held in the historic downtown area of town. It was so charming and much larger than I had anticipated. The above picture is of their courthouse where the music stage was set up.

There were local orchards with apple stands positioned throughout the festival. We enjoyed the apple cider and apple slushies and brought home a peck of apples that lasted all of three days in our house.

A decorated tree located near the courthouse...

Pretty balloons...

Neat architecture and special old fashioned details such as this clock...

A mountain festival isn't complete without some good bluegrass music jamming in the background!

We found ice cream cones and snow cones for a dollar each so we sat and enjoyed the music for a little bit while snacking (the first of two ice cream cones that day!)

Eden rode around in her stroller all afternoon and enjoyed the sights and sounds.

The kids all had the opportunity to ride this...I couldn't tell you exactly what it was but it was certainly unique. The Western North Carolina Air Museum sponsored this ride - that is Emma and Avery in the purple bucket in the tail end.

Avery striking a beauty pose while waiting in line for the rides...

The three kids all entered the Fun House but only two properly exited. Avery took the escape route after deciding it wasn't for her!

We had a great afternoon visiting and decided it would be a lot of fun to come back in the future. There were so many neat boutiques that were not open during the festival that I would enjoy visiting sometime.

On our way down the mountain we stopped and ate dinner at the Peruvian Cowboy in Columbus, NC. We chose the restaurant because the pizza place next door had a huge wait and it was already getting late but it was such a pleasant surprise. Michael had the rotisserie chicken and I had the sausage and beef lasagna. It was soooo good! And to top things off, the kids were able to watch Scooby Doo on the big screen while they dined. Perfect ending to a great day!

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