Apple Festival Baking Contest

The Unicoi County Apple Festival is fast approaching, so grab your aprons, dust off your recipe files, and start baking!

Bring your favorite apple dish on Friday, October 1, to the 2021 Unicoi County Apple Festival Baking Contest, sponsored by the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce and University of Tennessee Extension.

This year’s contest will be held at the Chamber office in downtown Erwin. Entries will be received between 11 and 12 p.m., with the closed judging to begin at 12 p.m.

The three categories for the apple contest include apple pie, apple cake, and a youth baking contest for ages 17 and under. Only one entry per category will be accepted. The entries for the contest must include at least one cup of apples, applesauce, or dried apples. A copy of the recipe must be included with the entry to qualify for judging.

Prizes in each category will be $50 for first place, $30 for second place, and $20 for third place. Winners will be announced on stage at 2:00 p.m.

Apple Festival 4-Mile Road Race & 3K Race Walk

Runners from across the region will converge on the streets of Erwin on Saturday, Oct. 2 for the running of the Unicoi County Apple Festival 4-Mile Road Race and 3K Race Walk. The event will again be coordinated by the Unicoi County Family YMCA. 

Pre-registration for the running event is $25 and $20 for the 3K walk. Pre-registration must be received by Thursday, September 30. Race day registration is $25 for the walk and $30 for the run. Registration closes at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. All participants receive a souvenir T-shirt. 

There will be $100 cash prizes for anyone that sets a confirmed state age group record. In 2018 and 2019, two people set new records! 

On-line registration is available at the YMCA website –

The event is held at the Unicoi County Family YMCA at the corner of Ohio Avenue and Love Street in Erwin. Contact the YMCA at (423) 743-3361 for more details.

Blue Ridge Pottery Show & Sale 

The National Blue Ridge Pottery Show and Sale is a must-see for collectors and enthusiasts of Blue Ridge Pottery.  Rare pieces are often found during the show. Individual pieces and complete sets are available for sale during the event.  Dozens of vendors from across the country will be represented during this year’s Blue Ridge Pottery Show and Sale.