Apple Festival Grand Marshal Randy Heath (back) had the honor of recrowning the 2021 Jackson Apple Festival royalty during the festival’s Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday afternoon. Heath is shown crowning Queen Kaydee Brown (center) while First Attendant Kirsten Clark (left) and Second Attendant McKinley Morris watch. (Telegram Photo by Pete Wilson)
Apple Festival Grand Marshal Randy Heath (back) had the honor of recrowning the 2021 Jackson Apple Festival royalty during the festival’s Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday afternoon. Heath is shown crowning Queen Kaydee Brown (center) while First Attendant Kirsten Clark (left) and Second Attendant McKinley Morris watch. (Telegram Photo by Pete Wilson)

The Jackson Apple Festival opened its five-day run Tuesday on the downtown streets of Jackson with Opening Ceremonies conducted at the Bellisio Foods Stage at 4 p.m.

The Jackson High School Marching Band, under the direction of Ryan Hurd, kicked off the Opening Ceremonies with a concert on the street.

Apple Festival President Brandon Davis then initiated the Opening Ceremonies and introduced Jackson Mayor Randy Evans, who offered welcoming words and recognized the Jackson Area Festivals and Events for conducting the festival. After that, representatives of Sixth District Congressman Bill Johnson and Ohio State Treasurer Robert Sprague presented written commendations to Davis, recognizing and congratulating the festival.

Jackson County Health Commissioner Kevin Aston then addressed the COVID-19 situation and provided advice on how to participate and attend the festival in the safest way possible.

President Davis then introduced Jackson Mayor Randy Evans, who offered welcoming words and recognized the Jackson Area Festivals and Events for conducting the festival.

Davis then introduced the festival royalty: Queen Kaydee Brown, First Attendant Kiersten Clark, Second Attendant McKinley Morris and Little Miss Kennedy Knittel, who all made welcoming comments to the crowd.

Davis then introduced the grand marshal of the 2021 Jackson Apple Festival, Randy Heath, who for many years served as both the mayor of Jackson and the executive director of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. Heath thanked the Apple Festival Committee for being named grand marshal and described it as “one of the greatest honors” he had ever received.

Heath then had the honor of crowning the festival royalty, Immediately following, the dignitaries on the stage together cut the red ribbon symbolizing the beginning of the 2021 Jackson Apple Festival.