Apple Fest Entertainment Schedule Released

Historic Bethabara Park Apple Fest is Fun to the Core


Thousands turn out for the annual Apple Fest celebration at Historic Bethabara Park.

Image courtesy of City of Winston-Salem

Historic Bethabara Park will host its 16th annual Apple Fest this Saturday. Apples certainly have top billing. Fried apple pies, apple cider and other apple products will be featured, but the event will also offer much, much more. The crowds of around 15,000 people will also enjoy music, dancing, children's games and activities, book signings, craft vendors, colonial re-enactors and more.

The lineup for the day includes several music concerts as well as dancing by Pat Adkins and the South Fork Clogger and magic by local entertainer Captain Jim. Guests will also be able to cuddle up to some of their favorite animals at Noah's Place Petting Zoo. Historical interpreters will demonstrate spinning, blacksmithing, pewter making and basket making. Authors Shelia Ingle and Dennis Nodine will be signing books throughout the day.

For those coming out for the apples, there will be plenty. Apples from local orchards will be available for purchase, along with a variety of food and drinks.

Historic Bethabara Park recently announced the lineup for this weekend's performances:

Music Stage at the Palisade Fort

10 a.m.   Mustard Retreat
11 a.m.   Mel Jones & His Bag of Bones
Noon      10 String Symphony
1 p.m.     Mustard Retreat
2 p.m.     Mel Jones & His Bag of Bones
3 p.m.     10 String Symphony

Pavilion Stage

11 a.m.        Pat Adkins & the South Fork Cloggers
Noon           Pro Dance Academy
12:30 p.m.   Academy of Dance Arts
1 p.m.          Pat Adkins & the South Fork Cloggers
2 p.m.          Academy of Dance Arts

Visitor Center

Magician Captain Jim shows at 11 a.m., Noon and 2:30 p.m.


11 a.m.   Organist Dreama Lovitt
1 p.m.     Rising Ebeneezer Baptist Church
2 p.m.     Organist Dreama Lovitt   
3 p.m.     Rising Ebeneezer Baptist Church

Barn Field Stage

11 a.m.   Carolina Crossing
Noon       Dan River Girls
1 p.m.     Bethabara Big Band
2 p.m.     Carolina Crossing       
3 p.m.     Dan River Girls

Admission to Apple Fest and all performances is free, but there will be costs for crafts, food and drinks.

Historic Bethabara Park, a National Historic Landmark, is the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina and the birthplace of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. For more information, visit or call 336-924-8191.

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