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Henderson County produces eighty percent of the state's apples. The Annual North Carolina Apple Festival, which started in 1938 in Hendersonville, marks the apple harvest. Visitors will find traditional events, including orchard tours and folk music, plus great food and a street fair where artists and craftsmen display their creations.
Over 4,000 full-or-part-time craftspersons live in economically depressed Western North Carolina. HandMade in America is a project that seeks to promote and preserve the crafts of this area and to transform the area into the nation's craft center. To assist in this project, promoters have produced a guidebook that directs people through the twenty-one county region, locating and describing points of interest, such as basket weaving or quilt making.
Swain County, one of the last formed in the state, was named for Governor Daniel L. Swain (1806-1868). Burns describes how to spend a perfect weekend there, including visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and Bryson City.
Although residents want to see economic growth in Hickory, they still wish to preserve the town's down-home character and protect mom-and-pop businesses. This article presents how Hickory is balancing progress and community concerns.