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From: Sallie Logan Public Library

This collection features materials associated with The Murphysboro Apple Festival. It primarily consists of souvenir booklets held by the Sallie Logan Public Library, Murphysboro, which is the official depository of Apple Festival print materials, pictures, and memorabilia.

Started in 1952, The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest festival in Southern Illinois and is still held annually every September during the second weekend after Labor Day. Attendance is currently estimated at 45,000. Originally began by the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce as a one-day event to promote Murphysboro business, the Apple Festival is now a four-day festival as well as a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization ran by more than 100 volunteers and event chairs.

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. Additional activities have varied throughout the Festival’s decades-long history and include apple-themed events and contests such as the “App-L-Ympics” (consisting of apple core throwing and apple seed popping contests); the Apple Peeling Contest; the Miss Apple Festival Queen pageant; an arts and crafts fair; marathons; music performances; and Drums at Appletime, the marching band field competition.

Digitization of this collection was made possible by the Illinois State Library Illinois History Digital Imaging Grant Program.

 
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