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"Cygnus Scuba Now Open"
Frank met Al Griggs and Larry Pierson early this summer and our lives haven't been the same since. After waiting for 2.5 years to use his Scuba Instruction Education, Frank finally was able to certify his first divers (check future albums for pictures) Al's store is CYGNUS SCUBA you can visit the store at
5990A Asheville Highway, exit 13 off Interstate 26. He is open M-F 12-8, Sat 10-5. The phone number is 828-681-5330 and the website is www.cygnusscuba.com.
"Same Time, Same Place"
The 2003 North Carolina Apple Festival marks the fifty-seventh consecutive year the event has been held. The Apple Festival is held on Labor Day Weekend each year (Friday through Monday) to recognize the importance of the apple and the apple industry to Henderson County and North Carolina.
Henderson County's Famous Apple Festival is an outgrowth of the original Henderson County Centennial Celebration held in 1938. Following the centennial celebration, it was decided by a group of leading citizens that an annual fall festival was more desirable. For two years, 1939 and 1940, the event was held at the conclusion of the summer season. At the onset of World War II the festival was discontinued.
In 1947, after the war years, the celebration was resumed as the Apple Blossom Festival. The festival was then held in the spring. However, the time of the actual blooming of the apple trees made it difficult to forecast the festival dates.
A comprehensive study made by businesses, civic and farm leaders led to a decision to set the dates in relation to the early harvesting of the mountain apples. In 1949 the North Carolina Apple Festival was held in late August with the close of festivities on Labor Day.
The festival program has varied slightly from year to year, but it has always contained crowd-pleasing events. Up until the mid 1980s, the festival was a week to ten days of activities. Past activities included a beauty pageant (second only to the state's Miss North Carolina Pageant) muzzle-loader shoots, dancing and musical events. In 1988, the Apple Festival Committee shortened the event to four days to allow the festival to be considered as a well-packaged extended vacation for visitors and as exciting festivities for locals.
Events are varied, with Hendersonville's Historic Main Street hosting the most excitement. More than 150 vendors line eight blocks of the main event area. There is continuous entertainment on our professional stage from 10am to 10pm Friday through Sunday. The King Apple Parade, always held on Labor Day, culminates the Main Street activities. Reminiscent of early festivals, the North Carolina Apple Festival closes with a street dance.
"Town Tooter Celebrates 10th Year"
Established in 1994 as an alternative advertising media for businesses in the Western North Carolina area. The Town Tooter has grown to the largest publication of its kind in the area. Listening to what the advertisers and the readers want is most important to us and is reflected in the content of this publication every week. From the "Happenings column" (listings of area events), Classifieds, Articles, Display Ads, plus local news and events, there is something for everyone inside. Available in over 400 locations in the Hendersonville, Asheville, Brevard, and surrounding areas.