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North Carolina Apple Festival

If fall in western North Carolina has a flavor, it’s certainly the sweet, crisp notes of an apple. The annual North Carolina Apple Festival celebrates the sights, sounds and above all tastes of our favorite fruit every Labor Day weekend in Hendersonville. The picturesque main street is home to a bevy of booths hocking fresh-picked apples, cider, and everyone’s favorite—pies! But even if you’re not a fan of the fruit (gasp!), there’s still plenty to see and do, like lots of live music, arts & crafts, a bike tour, a street fair, orchard tours and 200 vendors. The event culminates with the King Apple Parade at 2:30 on Labor Day. Gather your brood and your baskets and head to Hendersonville for a weekend of apples.

Asheville Art Museum Receives Prestigious Grant

If you’ve taken a stroll downtown anytime recently, you’ve probably noticed the scaffolding that currently flanks our Asheville Art Museum. Over the past 15 years, the museum’s collections have nearly quadrupled in size and significance, prompting the extensive expansion and renovation to create the new Asheville Art Museum, which is slated for completion in early 2018. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation recently awarded the Museum a prestigious $250,000 grant as part of the Museum’s Art WORKS for Asheville Capital Campaign. The grant will support the creation of a new Curatorial and Collections Center, which will include a Collections Resource and Study Area, collections storage facilities and curatorial program offices. This celebrated grant will help facilitate an expansion that will be enjoyed by generations of art lovers and Ashevillians to come!

Family Fun for All Ages at Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is a tourist destination for many reasons: sweeping views of the Blue Ridge, easy and rewarding hikes, nature education programs enjoyable for kids and older folks alike. In the fall, bird watchers and ornithologists flock to the stately ridge for the region’s premier fall migration birding event, the Flock to the Rock, which will take place this year on September 17th. Because Chimney Rock is an official stop on the NC Birding Trail, you’ll find over 130 species year-round, including warblers, woodpeckers and even birds of prey, like the Peregrine Falcon. During this special weekend you can also catch live Birds of Prey programs, bird walks led by local experts, and other fun birding activities. If you’ve got kids in tow, visit the park during Take a Child Outside Week, September 24th–30th. The week, a national movement started right in our state, features Ranger-led programs at state parks. Bring the little ones out for fun hikes, nature education and a night under the stars. Kids get in free with an accompanying adult admission ticket. For more information, visit ChimneyRockPark.com.

North Carolina Mountain State Fair

Every kid who’s seen the classic Charlotte’s Web knows, “A fair is a veritable smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord,” and the Mountain State Fair is no exception! It’s a ten day extravaganza with over 180,000 eager Carolinians gathering for a true smorgasbord of tasty eats and sweet treats. The Mountain State Fair is a classic carnival complete with breathtaking rides, tricky games, live music, extreme garden veggie competitions and cute farm animals. The Fair, held at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center just south of Asheville, celebrates the people, agriculture, art and traditions that make our region great. No childhood is complete without a trip to the fair—make their dreams come true this year!

Earth Fare Grand Reopening

Founded in 1975 in Asheville, NC, Earth Fare is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country, with 37 locations across 9 states in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and superior shopping experience. It’s a philosophy that makes it easy to live a healthier lifestyle, every day. Earth Fare has two locations in Asheville, and their home office operates out of Fletcher.

The Earth Fare South Asheville store has undertaken a major remodel/renovation with several new features and a whole new look. They celebrated with a grand re-opening ribbon cutting, gift card giveaway to the first 100 people in line, free samples, local producer demonstrations, giveaways and more. There will be more than 1,000 new products in the store, even more locally produced products available, beer and wine on tap and their Heirloom Café featuring all organic juices, smoothies and coffee.