The 31st Taylorsville Apple Festival will feature everything from an apple-peeling contest to a car show to arts and crafts.

The festival will be held rain or shine in downtown Taylorsville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“There will be something for everyone to do, buy and enjoy, so please come out and support the Taylorsville Apple Festival Inc. as we try to bring the community a great annual event,” said Gina Kay Honosky, festival executive director.

Proceeds benefit the Needy Children’s Benevolence Funds.

The festival draws about 35,000 people to Alexander County annually, and this year should be no different.

More than 420 vendors, from food to arts and crafts, are expected to take part in the Apple Festival.

The festival will feature entertainment on multiple stages and will also include a Kids Korner with a petting zoo, rides and ponies.

The entertainment stages are Main Stage, Alexander County Courthouse Park, Youth Stage, Town Ball Park and behind BB&T, Gospel Stage in front of Adams Funeral Home and Americana Stage South Center Street beside the Courthouse Lawn.

There will be a car, truck and bike show at the Town Ball Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. and judging starts at 1:30 p.m.

The VFW will bring a Huey helicopter and military vehicles.

All types of food will be available from hot dogs to turkey legs to gourmet apples, funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos.

Opening ceremonies are at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

Free transportation is available all day. There are several ways to catch the shuttle bus.

People can flag down a driver along the designated route, park along the route and flag the driver, stand at a designated bus stop along the route or call 828-465-7634 to check on the status of a bus.

Transportation is accessible to wheelchairs, walkers, canes and strollers. No car seats are needed.

Visit www.alexandercountyonline.com/applefestival for more details and a complete schedule of activities.

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