Monday, 22 April 2013 10:22

St. Patricks Day Parade

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Monday, 22 April 2013 10:12

Apple Festival

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For more information call
618.684.3200 or Toll Free 800.406.8774

Watch the 2009 Grand Parade!, courtesy of Murphysboro School District.

Go to the above school district website and you can watch the 2009 Grand Parade or the 2009 Kiwanis' Children's Pet and Hobby Parade. Thanks to Steve Carrington and the Murphysboro School District for providing this service.

The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest alcohol free festival in southern Illinois. Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the five days of the Apple Festival there are numerous activities drawing large crowds, such as evening stage shows, carnival/concessions, Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, contests from Apple Pie Eating to Apple Core Throwing, Firefighters' Waterfights, marching band competition, car shows, Appletime 5K Walk/Run and much more…

In addition, the festival's Grand Parade is considered by most to be the largest parade in southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 160 total units, 25 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations.

Advance Carnival ride tickets may be purchased in advance at a savings from Wright Do-It Center, Kroger, and the Chamber of Commerce office from the middle of August until tickets are sold out!

Advance Carnival ride tickets sold out on Friday, August 28, 2009!

2009 Theme: A Bushel of Memories

2010 Theme: Once Upon an Apple Time

Wednesday, September 15 through Sunday, September 19th, 2010.

Appletime booklet is available free of charge. Plan to pick up your copy at the Murphysboro Apple Festival office.



Always the second weekend after Labor Day!

Dates and Times are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

  • 7:00 AM - Appletime Prayer Breakfast at Davis-McCann Center
  • 9:30 AM - Opening Ceremony at Smysor Plaza
  • 10:00 AM - Liberty Theater opens
  • 11:00 AM - Kiwanis Appletime General Store opens
  • 11:00 AM Appletime Stage
  • 5:00 PM Festival Funland Opens
  • 5:00 – 9:00 PM Logan Museum Exhibit at Murphysboro Event Center
  • 5:00 - 9:00 PM - Apple Pie and Ice Cream sales at the Senior Citizen Center
  • 6:00 PM Appletime Stage - Ministerial Alliance Pre Concert
  • 7:00 PM Window Display Awards Presented at Appletime Stage
  • 7:00 PM Liberty Theater - Classic Film
  • 7:15 PM WXAN Gospel Sing
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010







South 13th Street off of Walnut

13th Street North of Walnut


Murphysboro Apple Festival
203 South 13th Street - PO Box 606
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Bus#: 618.684.6421 or 800.406.8774 - Fax#: 618.684.2010
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For more information on the Murphysboro Apple Festival

Call 618.684.3200 or Toll Free 800.406.8774


Complete the form below and mail to:
Murphysboro Apple Festival
PO Box 606
Murphysboro, IL 62966

FAX: 618.684.2010
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PO Box:_______________________________
City:_________________ State:__________ Zip Code:__________________
Phone:___________________ FAX:___________________

Please circle all events that you would like information for:

* Apple Pie & Apple Butter Contest Entry Form
* Apple Pie Eating & Peeling Contest Entry Form
* 5K Walk/Run Entry Form
* Arts & Crafts Fair Entry Form
* Appletime Pro-Am Golf Outing Entry Form
* Appletime Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show and Shine
* App-L-Ympics
* Entertainment at the Liberty
* Children’s Pet & Hobby Parade
* Event Schedule
* Grand Parade Entry Form
* Kids' Free Fair Sponsorship Information
* Appletime Fiddle & Banjo Contest
* Prayer Breakfast
* Prince & Princess Contest Entry Form
* Queen Pageant Entry Information
* Window Display Contest Entry Form
* Other:______________________

Remember to stop by the Kiwanis Appletime General Store located in the center of the Festival food concession area for some Appletime cider, frozen cider slushy, caramel apples and other goodies.

Monday, 22 April 2013 10:01

Miss Apple Festival Pagent

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WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:00 pm
WHERE: Murphysboro Middle School Auditorium

Sponsored byTJ's Fine Jewelery, Wright Do-It Center and 105.1 VZA

Contestants for Miss Apple Festival are judged in four categories: private interview, swimwear, on-stage speaking and evening gown. The winner of the Miss Apple Festival pageant will be the recipient of a scholarship, along with other honors that include the opportunity to represent the Murphysboro Apple Festival at events throughout the state.

For more information or an application, contact one of the event's Co-chairs: Gaye Youngman at 684.4617 or Patty Thrailkill at 687.2574.

Tickets for the pageant may be purchased beginning August 1, 2009, at the Murphysboro Apple Festival office: 203 S. 13th Street or at the door that night if seats are still available.

For more information call 618.684.3200 or 800.406.8774.


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Monday, 22 April 2013 10:00

Purpose of the Chamber

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Monday, 22 April 2013 09:58

General Logan Days

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General John A. Logan Museum

1613 Edith Street

Murphysboro, IL 62966

For more information contact the Museum at 618.684.3455


Each May, the City of Murphysboro celebrates General John A. Logan Days. Named for the famous Civil War General who was from Murphysboro. The celebration features various events including authentic historical recreations of actual events during the civil war era. It is a fun time enjoyed by all!


Monday, 22 April 2013 09:50

Chamber Members

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Murphysboro Chamber members support our community by giving of their time, talents, and resources, please support them with your business!

Monday, 22 April 2013 09:47

Apple Pie Eating Contest

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WHEN: Thursday September 14, 2017 ~ 6:00 PM

WHERE: Appletime Stage
EVENT CHAIR: Jeremy Williams


The challenge has been extended...will you accept?? We're looking for the best of the best in Apple Pie Eating!

Bring 4 of your friends, family members, teammates, co-workers or hungry strangers and sign up for this perennial Apple Festival favorite!

Always entertaining and fun for the whole family. You'll even get the chance to see our Queen Contestants compete!


  1. Contest will be held Thursday September 14, 2017, 6:00 pm, at the Appletime Stage
  2. Each team must consist of five (5) individuals. Teams will be divided into divisions
  3. Entry fee is $3.00 per individual participant.
  4. Pies are to be eaten without the use of hands.
  5. Pie edged out of pan shall be put back into pan by judge wearing food service gloves. (Gloves will be changed after each contestant.)
  6. The person finishing eating his or her pie in the shortest amount of time determines the winning team.
  7. The decision of the judges is final.
  8. Numbers of entries are limited

All entries must be received no later than 
4:00 pm, Monday September 11, 2017
at the Murphysboro Apple Festival Offices
110 South 14th Street
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No late entries will be accepted!

2017 Results

  • Grade K-8 Division 1
    Team: Wolf Pack 112
    Members: Lemar Treshansky, Daniel Evan, Andrew Graham, Brett Elpers, Tommy Stanton

  • Grade K-8 Division 2
    Team: Jackson County 4-H
    Members: Landon Hindrichs, Abby Walker, Sam Trammell, Wyatt Krause, James Akins

  • Murphysboro Fire Department vs Murphysboro-Pomona-Somerset
    Team: Murphysboro Fire Department
    Members: Chris Morber, Adam Tarrants, Charlie Nance, Jonathan Travelstead, Jim Murphy

Phone: 618.684.3200
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© 2017 Murphysboro Apple Festival, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

Monday, 22 April 2013 09:47

Grand Parade

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The Southern Illinoisan, WSIL-TV3 and Clear Channel Communications

WHEN: Saturday, September 17th 11:00 AM
WHERE: Walnut Street

Besides apples, the Murphysboro Apple Festival is famous for something else. Parades. This parade is aptly named because it is considered by most to be the biggest parade in Southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 170 total units, 30 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations. The parade also features all of the Queen candidates and Prince and Princess candidates.
View the Apple Festival:
Monday, 22 April 2013 09:46

Prince and Princess Contest Application

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    • Any boy or girl between the ages of five (5) years old and eight (8) years old that resides in Jackson, Union, Randolph, Perry, Jefferson, Franklin, Williamson and Johnson Counties is eligible to enter the contest.
    • Each contestant must not be older than eight (8) years of age, or younger than five (5) years of age on September 1, 2001.
    • The winner of this contest will be chosen on the basis of one cent ($.01) per vote. The contestant with the most votes will be declared the winner.
    • The Prince and Princess chosen must agree to make such appearances, and allow use of any photos that the Apple Festival deems necessary.
    • In the event the winning contestant becomes unable for any reason to fulfill his or her duties, the runner-up shall take his or her place.
    • Each contestant will be provided with at least ten (10) containers, which may be placed in any location, desired.
    • Parents will be notified of all meetings, and when canisters are to be given out.
    • Each contestant will appear in the Pet & Hobby Parade, Grand Parade, and the Appletime Prince & Princess contest at which time the winners will be announced.
    • The Committee reserves the rights to change, delete, alter or add regulations as set forth deemed to be in the best interest of the Apple Festival. All committee decisions are final.
    • On Friday, September 16, 2005 each contestant must return all collected monies by 12:00 PM to Union Planters Bank at 13th and Walnut Streets, Murphysboro. Union Planters Bank will count the money and tabulate the votes.
    • The Counting Committee will place the winning contestants’ name in a selected envelope, and will not be opened until the Appletime Prince & Princess contest September 17, 2005. The decision of the Committee is final. Suitable gifts and awards will be given to each contestant, and the wining Prince and Princess.

Please Complete and Return the application below to:
Murphysboro Apple Festival
203 South 13th Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966
For more information call 618-684-3200

I hereby agree that I will abide by all rules and regulations listed above, and any decisions of the Apple Festival Committee.
Name of Contestant:_____________________________________________ Birth Date:__________________
Address:_______________________________________________________________ Sex: ______________
Consent Given By: ________________________________________ Home Phone:______________________
(Print first and last names of both parents and/or guardians as you wish it to appear in media)
Relationship: _____________________________________________ Home Phone:_____________________
Signature: _________________________________________________
Date: _________________________
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