Mount Jackson welcomes fall with Apple Harvest Festival

Celebrate the pride and heritage of Mount Jackson at the town’s sixth annual Apple Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Activities will include a pie baking contest at 12:30 p.m. and a kids area with a kids bouncy house and face painting.

Mount Jackson Mayor J.G. “Bucky” Miller said around 15 to 20 crafters and seven to eight food vendors, ranging from kettle corn to local barbecue, will be on site throughout the festival.

At noon, he added there will be an official dedication to Mayor’s Park and the Joseph A. “Joe” Williams Memorial Gazebo.

“This was funded by my MAYOR-A-THON last year,” he said. “We will have Stonewall Jackson’s High School band performing prior to the event and assisting with the flag presentation,” he said, adding that he hopes past mayors and families of past mayors will attend.

Miller said two band stages will provide music throughout the day. Two local favorites, ThrashenHollar and the trio of Amanda Wilkins, Doc Shelton and Bill Vaughn will perform at the gazebo. Stealin’ the Deal will perform at the beer band event stage . Performances will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Before the start of the Apple Harvest Festival, a 5K walk/run will begin at 9 a.m., with proceeds benefiting the Mount Jackson/New Market Little League.

Miller said the 5K will be his third annual MAYOR-A-THON.

There is no fee to attend the festival.

He said the “leaves will be close to full peak and the weather looks to be sunny and 70 degrees.”

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