Held annually in the fall, the Unicoi County Apple Festival is consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. The premier two-day event offers something for everyone -- handmade crafts, antiques, entertainment, a large children’s area, a Blue Ridge Pottery show and sale, contests and a smorgasbord of food!
The 2009 Unicoi County Apple Festival was attended by more than 100,000 visitors. Entertainment abounded during the two days as attendees filled the stage areas for music, dance and performances. Always a main highlight during the festival, the entertainers on the Toyota Gospel Stage kept seats packed. The addition of two more stages to the festival grounds proved to be successful as spectators filled the new stage areas both days.
The 2009 festival included more than 350 vendor spaces (25 of which were newly created for the 2009 festival), four entertainment stages, one of the largest Children's areas in the festival's history, and all of the other events that makes the festival so popular including the NFS Road Race, the UT Extension Service Cooking Contest, the Valley Beautiful Beacon Picture Perfect Photo Contest, and the Farm Bureau Tennis Tournament.
No need to pack your lunch! Everything from traditional, Chinese, Greek, Stir-Fry to specialty items such as apple butter, fried pies, jams, jellies and other apple treats are available. Bring your appetite and let it have a festival.
Bring your favorite dish to the Unicoi County Apple Festival Cooking Contest. The entries for the contest include at least one cup of apples, applesauce or dried apples.
The large children's area is a festival within a festival, uniquely designed for the young festivalgoers, complete with rides, games, concessions and much more. Sponsored by the Unicoi County Family YMCA, the festival children’s area features exciting attractions including The Fun Factory, Adrenalin Rush, Laser Tag, Bungee Run, Joust, Saber-Tooth Tiger Slide, Bungee Trampoline and Madagascar. Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate. The train ride, a children’s favorite from years past, will also be part of this year’s events.