Six bands will play at this year’s 47th annual Seymour Apple Festival.
Leading the lineup is the “Mark Chapman Band,” which will play on the main stage on Saturday, Sept. 14, as the final festival act.
The other main-stage act is “McKenna & Brock.” They will play on Friday, Sept. 13.
Bob Crump, president of the Seymour Merchants’ Association, operator of the festival since its inception in 1973, announced the entire entertainment lineup for the event was set at the group’s regular meeting last Wednesday, June 26.
“I feel like we’ve put together a really good group of bands,” Crump said. “The Mark Chapman Band has played at the festival before, and people loved them. We’re very excited to have them with us again.”
When the festival starts on Thursday, Sept. 12, the first band to play will be “Bert Smith & The Walk,” which will play from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the gazebo. Seymour native David Sharon is part of the band.
From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., the “Abundance Quartet” performs on the main stage, and after the introduction of the Seymour Apple Princess candidates, the gospel group will play from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 13, first up is “Old-Time Grass,” a bluegrass band, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gazebo.
Then from 7:30 to 9 p.m., then again from 9:30 to 11 p.m. after the Seymour Apple Princess is crowned, “McKenna & Brock” will play on the main stage.
Two more bands play on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The “Isaac Kenneth Band” from the Seymour area is first up in the gazebo from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The final festival act is the “Mark Chapman Band.”
They play from 7:30 to 9 p.m., then from 9:30 to 11 p.m.
There are three official music sponsors for this year’s festival — Downtown Drug, Mansfield Home Center and The Seymour Bank.
Terry Kelley, vice president of the association, said at last week’s meeting that Pyramid Foods, the parent corporation for the Seymour Price Cutter grocery store, very likely will be a fourth sponsor.
Banners for all sponsors will be hung on the main stage.