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Posted on: September 20, 2021

2021 Apple Festival

2019 Apple Festival

Festival cancelled for public safety & health concerns.

The joint City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County Public Safety Committee has determined that the public resources necessary to safely produce the Lincoln County Apple Festival are not available. The Safety Committee includes the Lincolnton Fire Department, Lincolnton Police Department, Lincoln County Emergency Services, and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

The festival requires full support and staffing from city and county first responders and staff; there is limited staff available to support the event in addition to concerns for city/county employee health & safety. Area hospitals, including Atrium, remain at surge capacity and may not be available in the event of an emergency or mass casualty event.  Lincoln County Covid metrics indicate a highly active current rate of community spread and increased caseload without evidence of declining activity.

The safety of our employees, residents, and visitors is of utmost importance. Unlike other local events, which are much smaller, require far fewer resources, and allow for more controlled event entry, the level of support required to provide for public safety at the Apple Festival is simply not available. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Apple Festival scheduled for October 16, 2021. 

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