By Michelle Lisotto
Southeastern Grocers Community Connections
Apples were all the rage at the annual North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and BI-LO was a big part of the celebration.
The event has been Western North Carolina’s premier family festival for more than 60 years and includes four days of one of the best-known street fairs in the Carolinas. It features freshly-picked apples from local growers, arts and crafts, festival foods and entertainment.
As the official sponsor of the festival, BI-LO associates from store No. 5603 were busy preparing and selling bakery and produce treats for festival goers, including candy and caramel apples, apple fritters, apple turnovers, bread pudding and bottles of lemonade and iced tea.
“We were proud to serve as sponsor of the Apple Festival and support our local community of growers,” said Leigh Youngblood, store director. “I’m also proud of our team of associates who worked so hard to ensure it was a success. It was also great to see several of our associates stop by with their friends and families.”Since the mid-1700s, apples have been one of the most important agricultural crops grown in Henderson County, bringing in an average income of $22 million dollars or more a year. Today, there are approximately 200 apple growers in Henderson County. North Carolina is the seventh-largest apple-producing state in the nation, growing 65 percent of all apples in North Carolina.