Apple Butter Festival

Scenes from the 2019 Festival

Enjoy these looks at the 2019 Festival on the Bakersville Creekwalk.

It’s Apple Butter Festival
Time in Bakersville!

Sample delicious, fresh-made apple butter and take home several jars to enjoy or give as gifts at the Mitchell County Historical Society’s 2019 Apple Butter Festival in Bakersville Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Festival features local musicians and vendors selling a variety of wares and food.

The MCHS will have for sale lots of items great for Christmas presents: books of local interest, including Voices of the Valley and various titles in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series along with beautiful MCHS commemorative Christmas ornaments. And of course, the fantastic MCHS apple butter, made by Randy McClellan, will be available for sale. Purchase of these items supports our mission to collect, preserve, protect, and publicly display material that is historically significant to Mitchell County, North Carolina, and to make citizens of Mitchell County aware of their heritage.

Come on out, enjoy the cool autumn air, and take home some trasures. Please contact us if you have questions or would like more information.

Photo of Shepherd and Patricia Gibbs, winner of the 2019 Apple Butter Festival Gift Basket

Congratulations to
Shepherd and Patricia Gibbs
of Ainsworth, Nebraska,
winners of the gift basket from the
2019 Apple Butter Festival!

A Fall Classic…
Beautiful Leaves,
Great Food,
Awesome Crafts,

and of course…
Apple Butter!


2019 Apple Butter Festival Music Performances

  • 10:00 AM • Crystal and Judge
    Crystal and Judge are a married couple who live in Avery County. Judge is a history teacher and Crystal is an artist and songwriter. They have been performing locally for several years and have been at the Rhododendron Festival and at theCity Drive and The Dispensary, both in Spruce Pine, among other places.
  • 11:00 AM • Aspiration
    Aspiration is a group principally made up  of adult students of Rhonda Gouge. The group has been playing together for over eight years, and they played at the first Apple Butter Festival in 2011. The band features flute, guitars, banjo and electric bass.
  • Noon • Cheryl Craigie and Kathy Kuhne
    Cheryl Craigie and Kathy Kuhne have played together and with Rhonda Gouge (as Roan Mountain Rain) for years. They feature a repertoire of mostly traditional tunes by The Cater Family and other similar sources.
  • 1:00 PM • Sam McKinney
    Sam McKinney is a young guitar player with a terrific voice.  He has played all over the area, at the Rhododendron Festival, The Orchard at Altapass, The City Drive In and several Apple Butter Festivals. He can sing just about anything from country to blues
  • 2:00 PM – The Rock Creek Ramblers
    The Rock Creek Ramblers are a bluegrass quartet made up of self-taught high school boys. They play a wide variety of popular bluegrass tunes, featuring guitar, mandolin and banjo solos.
  • 3:00 PM – Kirk Banner
    Based in Yancey County, Kirk Banner has a powerful voice that reminds some people of David Crosby. He writes some of his own songs and sings covers as well. He is also an outstanding guitar player.

Map of Apple Butter Festival Location

92-94 Crimson Laurel Way
Bakersville, NC 28705

Bakersville Creekwalk

Site of the Mitchell County Historical Society Apple Butter Festival

2019 Food Merchants

  • First Presbyterian Spruce Pine
  • Fox and Fig
  • Las Cruces
  • Red Wolff Kitchenn
  • Traillife USA

2019 Vendors

  • Elizabeth Bailey
  • Bath Fitters
  • Bridget Inscoe Designs
  • Leslie Bright
  • Busy Bee Farm & Craft
  • Janet Byrd
  • Candler Crafts
  • Vicki Church
  • Creative Clovers 4-H
  • Dreamworks
  • Fiery Red’s Creations
  • Fun Time Inflatables
  • High Fidelity Soap
  • Kitchen Kettle
  • Kiwanis/MHS Key Club
  • Patricia Ann Ledford
  • Mayland Lifeworks Academy
  • Lillian McElrath
  • Mitchell County Democratic Party
  • Mitchell High School Arts Expo
  • Mitchell High School FFA
  • Moody Baked Goods & Crafts
  • Native Roots Jewelry
  • Peaceful Moments
  • Pink Boot Farms
  • Possibilities Home Market
  • Rhoda Cards
  • Greg Robinson
  • Shenanigans Face Paint
  • Slow Train Farms
  • Signature Signs & Crafts
  • South Face Honey
  • Snaps to It Jewelry
  • Sons of the Confederacy
  • Starshine Fairy Hair
  • Stroup Hobby Shop
  • Tarah Steele – Usborne Books & More
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