Delicious Kick-Off to the 75th Apple Festival Weekend

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Thank you to all that participated in the annual Apple Recipe Contest – it was an amazing way to kick off the 75th Apple Festival in downtown Hendersonville.

In this year’s contest we had 4 categories; Breads, Pies/Pastries, Desserts (including cakes/cookies), and Kids. We had great participation with entries in all categories!

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to our volunteer judges  – City of Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk, Henderson County Commissioner Rebecca McCall, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agent Jack Ruff, Bold Rock General Manager Mike King, Dara Hossley with Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and Laresa M. Griffin with Blue Ridge Humane Society.


All of the prizes were generously donated by awesome local businesses – please make sure to visit these great supporters of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Henderson County.

Hendough Chicken & Donuts

Bold Rock Cidery of Mills River

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

Creasman Farms

Appalachian Coffee Company

Hands-on Museum

Pisgah Forest Gem Mine

Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

A Day in the Country

Chimney Rock State Park


And the winners are…


2nd place – Roasted Apple Braid Bread prepared by Linda Stowers

1st place – Apple of my EYE bread prepared by Darcy Kennedy



2nd place – A “Penne” for Your Thoughts prepared by Rheta Marlene Merrell

1st place – Apple Cherry Tartlets prepared by Linda Stowers



2nd place – Granny’s Apple Chunk Cake prepared by Kathleen Scanlan

1st place – Apple Brandy Cake prepared by Kathy Kirchoefer



2nd place – Nanny K’s Applesauce Jumbles prepared by Cash & Wyatt Cowan

1st place – Daddy’s Apple Pie prepared by Gus McCall


The first-place winners in each category were then taste-tested again and an overall Grand prize winner was chosen……and the Grand Prize belonged to Gus McCall with Daddy’s Apple Pie!!

 Grand Prize winner

Congratulations to all winners and thank you again to all that participated, volunteered, and donated.

 To make your very own “Daddy’s Apple Pie”,  see this recipe.