37th Annual Apple Festival in Downtown Erwin, Tennessee

The Unicoi County Apple Festival, drawing more than 110,000 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. This year’s festival includes over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the country featuring painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal crafts, jewelry, blown glass and much more

“The Unicoi County Apple Festival, drawing more than 110,000 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. This year’s festival included over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the country featuring painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal crafts, jewelry, blown glass and much more.” (www.unicoicounty.org)

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or hot apple cider and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the 37th annual Apple Festival, which was held in downtown Erwin, Tennessee. The festivities took place Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4. I have no idea how many people were there on Saturday, but this I know for sure–you couldn’t stir them with a stick!

The crowd moved as slow as cold as molasses down the main

The crowd moved as slow as cold molasses down the main thoroughfare. Honestly, I was too short to see most of the happenings and vendors. I depended on the hubby to spy cool stuff *wink*

I was a first-timer to the Apple Festival–actually, it was my first time in Erwin–and it was a fabulous experience. The town is picturesque, and its apple celebration is ginormous.

It was the perfect fall day for “festival-ing”–chilly temps, lots of sunshine and a blustery breeze…this is where I need to add that I am not prepared for the cooler temps of my new location. Good news is I bought a wool hat at the Apple Festival. Bad news is I need an entire knitted wool suit to survive the cold *wink* Speaking of my new hat, it is time to take a look at SSL’s Top Picks from the Apple Festival in downtown Erwin, Tennessee.

Me showing off a couple of my fabulous finds...I was freezing...and I should have bought some mittens!

Me showing off a couple of my fabulous finds…I was freezing…and I should have bought some mittens!

These top picks are in no particular order…and I am positive, had the crowd not been so thick…I would have spied more fabulous vendors. There was not much time to chat with the artists…and the hubby barely had room to snap photos! I am telling y’all the truth…it was crazy busy! Any who…the first vendor I want to highlight is Crafty Creations by Bryan and Kristy Adams. This booth had the most adorable and funky yard art–from pigs to owls–it was all fabulous. I debated between an owl and a goat…and came home with an owl…I absolutely love it! Great news is I can shop their website in my PJ’s…no fighting the crowd…Click here and y’all can shop their metal treasures too.

I am a huge fan of upcycling...and I am an upcycler myself...so, I am always looking for cool, junky yard art...

I am a huge fan of upcycling…and I am an upcycler myself…so, I am always looking for junk to save and cool, junky yard art…Two thumbs up, Crafty Creations, for all your awesomeness and for saving the junk *smile*

As we inched our way up the street, the smell of kettle corn and polish sausages was in the air. We also saw lots and lots of Tennessee Volunteer orange! Apples and orange *wink* I digress. Back to the top picks, one of my sweet neighbors posted a Facebook status/photo about her nieces being at the festival–in the photo, she was wearing a darling, knitted hat. I was freezing…my ears were numb…I needed one of those hats…I commented on her FB status to find out where this booth of warmness was located…long story short…the hubby found it, and I got a lovely hat. I immediately put it on and wore it the rest of the day and to a neighborhood gathering that evening. I love my new, cuddly hat *smile*

Daisy Elaine Designs has more than just hats. There are all kinds of adorable, hand-made creations. I also got a cute, felt flower pin while I was trying to decide on which hat I wanted. It was not an easy decision!

Daisy Elaine Designs by McKenzie Elaine Darnell has more than just hats. There are all kinds of adorable, hand-made creations. While I was trying to decide which hat I wanted, I spied the cutest, felt flower pins–which I got a pretty gray and pink one. If you would like to know more about these fabulous creations or where to find Daisy Elaine Designs products, email daisyelainedesigns@gmail.com for more info and details.

Abby and I were in a deep conversation about the top picks. Of course, she was mostly interested in finding a candy apple.

Abby and I were in a deep conversation about the top picks. Of course, she was mostly interested in finding a candy apple.

Abby standing in line waiting for her candy apple. She really wishes she would have gotten two of them *smile*

Abby standing in line waiting for her candy apple. She really wishes she would have gotten two of them *smile*

The next pick is Grann’s Gourmet Apples & Confections. Abby said it was totally worth the long wait in line! I really thought she was going to share with me…but she did not.  So, we will just have to take her word for how delicious her candy apple was *wink*

IMG_6944There were so many vendors there–from food to crafts. There was entertainment. And of course, apples…lots and lots of apples! There was no way to pick a favorite apple–because all apples are delicious. My grandmothers made the best apple pies…I wish I knew someone to fry me some gluten-free apple pies…I really should learn to cook and bake *smile* Where was I going with this bit of conversation? Oh, yes! SSL’s top pick for the apple category is all the apples *smile*

IMG_6959The last top pick for the Apple Festival is Ramblewood Ridge out of Franklin, North Carolina. I got a brief moment to chat with Susan Camera about her art…she is precious and her birdhouses are beyond precious! It wasn’t easy picking what I wanted to bring home…the hubby was patient as I talked through it…birdhouse…garden stake…funny sign…

Aren't these birdhouses spectacular!

Aren’t these birdhouses by Ramblewood Ridge spectacular!

I love all pumpkins--real and wood *smile* The hubby said "no more pumpkins until next fall" *sad face* I am telling y'all--I need my own pumpkin farm!

I love all pumpkins–real and wood *smile* The hubby said “no more pumpkins until next fall” *sad face* I am telling y’all–I need my own pumpkin farm! These cuties are by Ramblewood Ridge…My goodness! This booth was loaded with fabulous finds and top picks!

These garden stakes are so cute and adorable...and I almost got one...until I spied...

These garden stakes are so cute and adorable…and I almost got one…until I spied…

PIG!!!! I had to have this rusty pig. I love collecting pigs, and one of these days, I will show y'all my little collection and tell y'all why I love and collect pigs *deep breath because I was talking really fast*

PIG!!!! I had to have this rusty pig by Ramblewood Ridge. I love collecting pigs, and one of these days, I will show y’all my little collection and tell y’all why I love and collect pigs *deep breath because I was talking really fast*

Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista and Sixteen & Successful blogs and I at the 37th annual Apple Festival. It was a fun day *smile*

Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista and Sixteen & Successful blogs and I at the 37th annual Apple Festival. It was a fun day *smile*

Another view of the crowd--a big thanks to the hubby for snapping the photos. I know that it was not easy juggling the camera and helping me carry sharp, junky treasures through the sea of people *smile*

Another view of the crowd–a big thanks to the hubby for snapping the photos. I know that it was not easy juggling the camera and helping me carry sharp, junky treasures through the sea of people *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the 37th annual Apple Festival in downtown Erwin, Tennessee. It was so much fun, and I totally recommend y’all coming out next year and staying a bit because there is always something happening in around the Northeast Tennessee area *smile*

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