KNOXVILLE, TN - This might look like a normal candy apple booth, but it serves a higher purpose.
Members of Fairview United Methodist Church in Knoxville have sold candy apples at the Tennessee Valley Fair for almost 65 years and all of the proceeds fund their mission work.
“We’re a small church, small group, but it’s an important mission to us and it’s our biggest mission so we just love to do it,” said Dale Money, a member of the church.
For Money and many other church members, the booth is a family affair.
“I’ve been a part of it since I was born basically. Rolling around in the basement … playing with apples,” he said. “We’ve even got our kids and our grandkids into it.”
The operation has not changed much over the years.
“It is all hand done the way it was done in the very beginning," Monday said.
The price of the apples has only bumped from 10 cents to $1.50 since the booth first opened.
“Even though it seems like a lot of work and maybe not as much money as you would think, the fellowship that we have in the church among the members, it’s important to us. So that’s one of the reasons why we keep it going,” Money said.
For this booth, business is booming.
“We will candy approximately 20,000 apples in the time we’re here at the fair,” he said.
The money raised goes to various mission projects voted on at the beginning of each year.
“It goes to food, it goes to foreign missions, it goes to local missions, it goes to clothing, it goes to a place called A Hand Up For Women," Money said.
All apples left over at the end of the fair are sold at the church or donated to food banks.
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