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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 100 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

 


Past Apple Festival Themes

2019

68th Annual
"Slice of Tradition"

2018

67th Annual
"These Roots Run Deep"
2017

66th Annual
"Do You Remember When..."
2016

65th Annual
"A Harvest of History"
2015

64th Annual
"The Magic of Appletime"
2014

63rd Annual
"A Grand Past, A Bright Future"
 
2013

62nd Annual
"Planting Seeds for Tomorrow"
2012

61st Annual
"Orchard of Dreams"
2011

60th Annual
"60 Years of Appletime Fun"
2010

59th Annual
"Once Upon an Appletime"
2009

58th Annual
"A Bushel of Memories"
2008

57th Annual
"Ripe With Possibilites"
2007

56th Annual
"Spirit of America"
2006

55th Annual
"Famous Firsts"
2005

54th Annual
"Extra, Extra! Read All About It!"
2004

53rd Annual
"The Wonderful World of Sports"
2003

52nd Annual
"Let's Go to the Movies"
2002

51st Annual
"America the Beautiful"
2001

50th Annual
"50 Years of Appletime Tradition"
2000

49th Annual
"Heroes of the Past"
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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