Downtown Food & Fun

What started as a tiny fair in a school parking lot has grown into the 35th annual Apex PeakFest, a community festival drawing thousands of visitors and hundreds of vendors to the town’s historic downtown area.

The largest public event in town, Apex PeakFest is set for this Saturday, May 2, featuring live music, entertainment for the kids, yummy fair foods and lots more.

Of course, arts and crafts are still the focus of PeakFest, with regional artists and craftsmen offering everything from jewelry and pottery to watercolors and acrylics.

This year, the festival plays host to headlining bands like the Fantastic Shakers and the Will McBride Group, and live performances from professional, amateur and student artists.

Fun for kids includes magic, music, puppets, a stilt walker, and more.

Perhaps best of all is that monies raised through PeakFest return to Apex in the form of community grants.

“The Apex Festival Commission is proud to have given back to the community over $300,000 since starting the grants program approximately 10 years ago,” said Jeff Hastings, president of the nonprofit Apex Festival Commission.

“The grants benefit programs that assist provide education, enrichment of our community’s youth, military, as well as programs that raise awareness for needs in the local community.”

Last year PeakFest grants of $9,500 went to support organizations including Apex High School, Apex Police Youth Enrichment Camp, and Citizens for Apex Parks.

PeakFest runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information and an event map, visit apexpeakfest.com.

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