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MURPHYSBORO — The 2018 Apple Festival theme has been released, and it speaks to the history involved with the longtime attraction in the county seat of Jackson County.

“These Roots Run Deep,” was chosen by Matthew Todd’s fourth-grade class at Carruthers Elementary School on Monday morning. The school was informed by Miss Apple Festival 2017 Shelby McKown after asking for a drumroll in the gymnasium.

After a short eruption by the winning class, Apple Festival Chairman Shawn Sterns told the class it would receive a plaque signifying it as the winner, one of the first promotional posters, and a $100 check.

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Additionally, Sterns said the class will get to ride in its own float during the Apple Festival Parade. He said the all the floats in the parade will be designed around the theme, as well as the window decorations and all the advertising.

“Everything that we do as far as the festival is centered around what you guys came up with,” he said.

The contest consisted of all classes at Carruthers with children in grades third through fifth. Sterns said there were 14 submissions in all and it was narrowed down to one with 52 committee members.

As for the festival itself in September, Sterns said there will be a slight change in the way the stage area will be configured. Typically, the stage butts up against the alley between 13th and 14th streets, facing east.

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This year, the stage will be rotated 90 degrees and will face South Street. Sterns said this will allow for more comfortable seating and better traffic flow for people attending the festival.

dustin.duncan@thesouthern.com

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Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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