The festival, drawing more than 100,000 annual attendees, has been consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events in the southeast and is a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's Pinnacle Award. The premier two-day event offers something for everyone -- handmade crafts, antiques, entertainment, a large children's area, a Blue Ridge Pottery show and sale, contests and a smorgasbord of food!
The craft festival, featuring nearly 350 vendors from around the country, will be lined along the downtown streets of Erwin highlighting their unique arts, crafts and foods.
To enliven one's competitive spirit, the Unicoi County Apple Festival includes many activities and contests. For those with an appetite to cook, the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service offers a cooking contest for both adults and youth. The fifth annual Miss Unicoi County Apple Festival Pageant, taking place the weekend prior to the festival, will crown "Pageant Queens" in eight age divisions. The Unicoi County High School Band will sponsor the Apple Dumpling contest, a fundraising contest for the band in which children may vie for the title of Apple Dumpling of the Year. For the athletic competitors, a weeklong tennis tournament, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance will be held at Fishery Park. Runners from across a five-state region will converge on the streets of Erwin for the running of the Nuclear Fuel Services Apple Festival 4-mile footrace and 2-mile race walk. The Valley Beautiful Beacon Newspaper and the Chamber will host the annual Apple Festival Photography Contest in which amateur photographers can showcase their work and compete for prize ribbons in various divisions. The annual Blue Ridge Pottery show and sale, held at the Unicoi County Middle School, is a must-see for Blue Ridge pottery collectors and admirers. Rare pieces can often be found during the show. Blue Ridge Pottery, now sought after by collectors worldwide, originated in Unicoi County.