Arkansas Apple Festival

applesGood news for all of you apple adorers out there, it’s time again for the Arkansas Apple Festival! The festival is held every first weekend of October in Lincoln. It’s the perfect way to get out and celebrate the approaching autumn and apple season. This year’s Arkansas Apple Festival is taking place Friday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 5th.

There will be everything you’d expect at an apple festival and then some. Some of the activities include live music, arts and crafts, concessions, a parade, and even an apple core throwing contest. There will even be a pageant with age divisions ranging from 0-21. Winners will receive rewards and or scholarships. And of course, there will be enough apples to keep the doctor away for a lifetime.

Lincoln is the apple capital of Arkansas, so it’s only fitting that it be the home of the Arkansas Apple Festival. The first festival took place in Lincoln back in 1976, and it’s been held there ever since. Here are a few facts about apples to get you in the mood for this weekend’s apple festival!

  • In 1907 Benton and Washington county had over 4 million apple trees. That was more than any other two counties in the United States.
  • It takes 2 pounds of apples to make 1 9-inch pie.
  • The apple blossom is the state flower of Arkansas.
  • Apples are grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
  • There are over 7,500 varieties of apple grown in the world.
  • Pomology is the science of apple growing.
  • It takes 4 to 5 years for an apple tree to first start producing fruit.
  • The world’s largest apple pie was made in Wenatchee, Washington and it weighed over 17 tons.
  • The world record for most apples bobbed in one minute is 34.
  • A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds.
  • A bushel of apples will make over 20 quarts of applesauce.

Check out the official website for more information on the Arkansas Apple Festival.

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