The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, September 14, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
While it's a festive occasion with entertainment geared for all ages, the Boones Mill Apple Festival also gives the public a chance to help the Boones Mill Lions Club with its eyeglass collection program.
The Lions club, which sponsors the Apple Festival, will be collecting old eyeglasses when the festival kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Lions club will have a booth set up where old eyeglasses can be dropped off. Once the eyeglasses are recycled, they will be distributed to persons with impaired vision.
Also, the Lions will offer youth vision screening at the Lions club building during the festival. There is no charge for the screening.
The Lions club is also asking festival-goers to bring a canned food item that will be donated to a local food pantry in conjunction with September being Hunger Action Month. Donated food items will be collected at the Lions Club booth.
The 35th annual Boones Mill Apple Festival will feature craft and food vendors all along Main Street.
A number of gospel, country and bluegrass groups will take turns performing throughout the day on a stage on Main Street. Cloggers will also perform.
Back this year will be a garden tractor pull by the Blue Ridge Mountain Garden Pullers Association.
A special area for children's games and other entertainment will also be at the festival.
Members of the Lions club will sell raffle tickets for a quilt with proceeds going toward community projects and eyeglass and diabetes programs.
The festival will run until 4:30 p.m. There is no admission to the apple festival and parking is free.