The 21st annual Apple Dumpling Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stuart’s historic downtown district.
Stuart Town Manager Bryce Simmons said Patrick Avenue will be closed for the festival, from the bridge down to Commerce Street. The closure is expected to start at 7 a.m.
“We will use the parking lot in front of Tony’s Pizza, and we will be having music at the Farmers’ Market,” he said.
Simmons said he is hoping to see around 3,000 people at the festival throughout the day.
He estimated there are currently 60-70 vendors registered. Vendors can still register for the festival for a $25 fee by going to the Town Office.
“We actually have some vendors show up that day and we just try to find a spot for them,” he said.
Registration for the Apple Dumpling 5K will begin at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Patrick County Community Food Bank, and the race will start at 8 a.m.
The cost is $20 in advance or $25 for the day of the festival. The marathon will primarily be along the trails in the area.
Music will be performed throughout the day by Marcie Horne, Foddrells, and Music with Ben.
Horne will take the stage from 11 a.m. to noon, the Foddrells from 12-1:30 p.m., and Music with Ben from 2-3 p.m.