The Sights of the Lincoln County Apple Festival 2018
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Wayne Howard Staff Writer
When the Lincoln County Apple Festival got postponed from its traditional third Saturday in September because of a hurricane, there was concern that the move to late October might be a problem.
Once again, the weather was a concern. The forecast had called for rain into the weekend, but when Saturday rolled around, while it was cool and cloudy, there wasn't any rain until about the time the whole show was ending, and then only a brief shower.
There were some vendors who couldn't make the switch in dates due to other commitments, but over 200 vendors were present. For some (including this reporter) it was nice not to have to wait in line quite as long to enjoy the variety of food items available.
The Rotary 5k opened the day's events as usual. Vendors began setting up early and because of the cooler weather, the crowd didn't materialize until around noon.
The temp was in the 40s early in the morning; it didn't hit 50 until almost noon; and it never quite got to the 63 that weather forecasters had promised. The sun made a brief afternoon appearance, but it was mostly cloudy.
The new shuttle service, now with two locations to park and ride, worked well, and thanks to the smaller attendance, parking was plentiful.
Things went so well, in fact, that some said they'd like to see the Festival moved later than its usual mid-September spot in future years.
Carole Howell, who worked countless hours putting things together, was pleased with the Festival. "We didn't have a single problem that I know about," she told us late Saturday. "Beginning tomorrow, we'll begin working on next year's Apple Festival."
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