2021 Apple Butter Festival Cancelled

Due to the continued rise in cases of COVID-19 in our region, the Mitchell County Historical Society regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2021 Apple Butter Festival slated for October 9th along the Bakersville Creekwalk.
This marks the second cancellation of the Festival due to the novel Coronavirus.
“While the event does take place outdoors, the rise of infections even in those who are vaccinated has concerned the Board of Directors of the Society” says MCHS Chair Rhonda Gunter. ”We were hoping that infection rates would have started declining after the first of September, but they have remained high. With the rise in cases and local medical facilities struggling to provide treatment for patients, our Board voted to delay the resumption of the Festival this year in an effort to help reduce possible transmissions of COVID.”
MCHS urges everyone to undertake safe health practices, including hand washing, wearing masks when in public places, and talking with your healthcare provider about appropriate methods to protect yourself against infection.
“It is very disappointing to the Historical Society that we cannot hold this year’s Apple Butter Festival” says Gunter. “While we are not able to hold this year’s event, we are working on preparing apple butter that will be for sale through our office and other locations. We want to continue supporting and promoting the mountain tradition of apple butter-making in the fall and we hope to make an announcement about sales of the apple butter very soon. It would make a great holiday gift!”
In addition to the potential sale of apple butter, the Society has a variety of Christmas ornaments, mugs, and books available for purchase both in our office located in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse and on our website, mitchellnchistory.org.
Plans for future Apple Butter Festivals will be announced at a later date.
For more information, visit the MCHS website at mitchellnchistory.org or call the MCHS office at (828) 688-4371 for updates on apple butter availability or with your questions.

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The 2020
Christmas Ornament

Photo of the Good Will Free Library Christmas OrnamentThe 2020 Mitchell County Historical Society Christmas Ornament honors the Good Will Free Library, constructed by Dr. Charles H. Wing who retired to Mitchell County after a distinguished academic career. He made it his mission to bring education to residents, providing vocational training and opening a library filled with many of his own books that he loaned throughout the county. It was during its time the largest public library in North Carolina.


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