2021 Grand Parade Theme: Flavors of Fall

"Flavors of Fall" is the theme for the 67th Chilhowie Community Apple Festival's Grand Parade.

Rules for parade participants:

  1. No fruit, candy or other articles may be thrown from vehicles or floats or by marchers. Participants are to arrange for representatives to walk beside their units and hand items directly to spectators.
  2. No horns or sirens may be blown.
  3. No mini-bikes, three wheelers, or four wheelers will be permitted in the parade. ( No ATVs of any type.)
  4. Any marching or twirling groups with younger children must have a follow-up vehicle in which the children may ride if they become too tired to continue.
  5. A current negative Coggins Test is required for each horse in the Parade and test papers will be checked before the parade begins. Per Health Department Regulations.


All area businesses, civic groups, schools and churches are encouraged to enter floats in the parade, observing the theme, "Flavors of Fall."

Floats will be judged based on the following criteria:

Further information may be obtained by calling 276-646-8213.

Parade Bands

Berry Home Centers is proud to continue be a part of this year's Chilhowie Community Apple Festival tradition. As part of last year's festivities, Berry's donated $5,000 by contributing $500 to each high school marching band that participated in the festival's parade. They are following this same practice this year would like to extend a warm invitation to you to participate as we celebrate the town we call home and the 66th year of the Chilhowie Community Apple Festival.

Band parade participation is coordinated by the Chilhowie High School Band Director, JJ Green and the Apple Festival Outside Chairperson, Rebecca Wilkinson-Smith, Vicki Wilson, and Tom Heffinger.

Register for the Band Competition here.

2019 Apple Festival Parade Grand Marshalls will be the Families of Trooper Lucas Dowell and Will Walker