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Apple Festival History

History of the Murphysboro

Apple Festival

The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest alcohol-free festival in southern Illinois! Held the second weekend after Labor Day, each year more than 45,000 people flock to Downtown Murphysboro and the surrounding areas. Started in 1952 by the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce as a one day event to promote Murphysboro businesses, the Apple Festival has grown into a four day festival. Murphysboro Apple Festival, Inc. became it's own 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization, run by more than 150 volunteers and event chairs. We are happy to be celebrating our 68th year with many events, free entertainment, carnival rides, pageants, concessions, and so much more! The festival's signature event, the Appletime Grand Parade, is considered by many to be the largest parade in southern Illinois with an average of 160 total units participating.


Captain Applesauce


Apple Festival Souvenir Booklets

67th Annual (2018) Apple Festival Booklet

68th Annual (2019) Apple Festival Booklet


Past Apple Festival Themes

2019

"Slice of Tradition"

2018

"These Roots Run Deep"
2017

"Do You Remember When..."
2016

"A Harvest of History"
2015

"The Magic of Appletime"
2014

"A Grand Past, A Bright Future"
 
2013

62nd Annual
"Planting Seeds for Tomorrow"
2012

61st Annual
"Orchard of Dreams"
2011

"60 Years of Appletime Fun"
2010

"Once Upon an Appletime"
2009

"A Bushel of Memories"
2008

"Ripe With Possibilites"
2007

"Spirit of America"
2006

"Famous Firsts"
2005

"Extra, Extra! Read All About It!"
2004

"The Wonderful World of Sports"
2003

"Let's Go to the Movies"
2002

"America the Beautiful"
2001

"50 Years of Appletime Tradition"
2000

"Heroes of the Past"
1999

"A Moment in Time"
1998

"Tell Me a Story"
1997

"If I Could Wish Upon a Star..."
1996

"All the World's a Stage"
1995

"Earth...What a World"
1994

"All Things Great and Small"
1993

"Traveling Through Time"
1992

"Storybook Characters on Parade"
1991

"Moments We've Shared"
1990

"Childhood Dreams"
1989

"A Time to Remember"
1988

"Now a Word From Our Sponsors"
1987

"The Constitution - Our American Heritage"
1986

"Television - America's Pastimes"
1985

"Salute to Southern Illinois"
1984

"Life's Precious Memories"
1983

"The Wonderful World of Motion Pictures"
1982

"Music, Music, Music"
1981

"Happiness Is"
1980

"Our Super Heroes"
1979

"Best of Broadway"
1978

"A Child's World"
1977

"Beyond the Horizon-A Glimpse Into the Future"
1976

"Our Proud Heritage"
1975

"The World and Its People"
1974

"Those Were the Days"
1973

"Great Stories of the Bible"
1972

"Carnival"
1971

"Twenty Fruitful Years"
1970

"Wonderful World of Disney"
1969

"Great Moments in History"
1968

"150 Years of Illinois"
1967

"Highways of America"
1966

"The Legend and Lore of Southern Illinois"
1965

"The Wonderful World of Television"
1964

"The Roaring Twenties"
1963

"Great Moments"
1962

"The Golden West"
1961

"Historical Events"
1960

"Nursery Rhymes"
1959

"Fantasy in Music" (Song Titles)
 

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