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ADBA Meeting Schedule

The Apex Downtown Business Association conducts two meetings each month, conducted sequentially on the first Friday of each month. The first meeting, held at 8:30 am, is the Board meeting, where the ADBA Board of Directors debate and vote on actionable matters. The second meeting, held at 9:00 am, is the "membership" meeting, where ADBA members and other interested parties can share information and discuss matters concerning ADBA activities. Other meetings are "special call" meetings by the ADBA President. All are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at the Apex Chamber of Commerce board room.


Welcome to

Downtown Apex

building on Salem Street welcome to downtown Apex sign on side of old brick building Apex Baptist Church

Apex, North Carolina is a charming blend of rich history and bright future. Founded in the 1860's, the Town got its name from a location at the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad. Downtown Apex, considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District in 1994, and includes about 60 structures built between 1870 and 1940. The Old Union Depot, built in 1914, is designated as a Wake County Historic Landmark. The Apex Historical Society is located nearby in an old caboose.

Today, Apex is one of the most vibrant, progressive, and fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle area, and the thriving Downtown Historic District is at the Town's heart. The unique mixture of historic homes, restaurants, and specialty shops gives special meaning to the motto: "Apex, the peak of good living." It's no surprise that Apex and the Triangle area have consistently appeared as a top 10-ranked community in major publications such as Business North Carolina, Money, CNN/Money, and Forbes.

Come and experience the "The Peak of Good Living" in Apex, North Carolina!

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Apex Latino Arts Festival is Saturday June 6

The sixth annual Apex Latino Arts Festival will be held in Downtown Apex on Saturday, June 5, 2015. This free event will feature fun activities for the whole family, including art workshops, jewelry making, woodworking, coloring, piņatas, food, live entertainment, and more. Crafts, Art Workshops, and Piņatas will be at the Halle Cultural Arts Center from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. A Latino Culinary Fest & Bazaar will be at the Apex Chamber of Commerce (Apex Depot) from 6:00 to 10:00pm, featuring tastings of "homemade" Latin American foods ($5 per person), plus dance performances, live music, and an arts & crafts bazaar.

The Apex Latino Arts Festival Association, a nonprofit organization, works in conjunction with the Town of Apex to present this annual Festival for the residents of Apex and surrounding communities. For more information on artists, performers, sponsors, and contacts, visit the website at www.apexlatinofest.com.


Fourth Annual Peak City Pig Fest is June 19-20 in Downtown Apex

BBQ cook teams from across the U.S. will be gathering in Historic Downtown Apex to compete against each other for more than $10,000 in prize money while cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. The Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned event is scheduled for Saturday June 20, 2015. Last year, more than 20,000 people attended the event. The event is organized and managed by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation of the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club.

The 2015 Peak City Pig Fest will feature 48 professional BBQ cook teams, food and other vendors, and live music. There will also be a beer garden at the Apex Chamber of Commerce on both Friday night and Saturday. Other attractions will include a kids play area and the return of the pig races.

The Peak City Pig Fest has established itself as one of the top competitions in the country as well as one of Apex's biggest festivals. This is the only KCBS-sanctioned event in the Triangle, and is a NC State Championship event. The 2014 Grand Champion Redneck Scientific from Clayton NC is returning to defend its championship.

For more information on the Peak City Pig Fest, or to volunteer, visit www.peakcitypigfest.com


Apex Farmers Market 2015 Season

NC Agriculture

The Apex Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April 18 to October 17 this year. The Market will be closed for PeakFest on May 2, Peak City Pig Fest on June 20, the 4th of July, and Apex Jazz & Music Festival on September 19. Come and see fresh fresh, local homegrown organic and conventional fruits and vegetables, pastured and sustainably farmed chicken, beef and pork, fresh farm eggs, baked goods, honey, cheeses, jams and preserves, sauces, salsas, and other artisanal food products, along with a variety of crafts. Check out the website – www.apexfarmersmarket.com. Hours are 8:30am-12:30pm every Saturday. The Farmers Market is located at 220 North Salem Street Apex, NC 27502 (in front of the Chamber of Commerce – next to the firehouse) in Downtown Apex. Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook and "Share" this post.


New Hope Valley Railway Operating Season Begins April 12, 2015

New Hope Valley Railway Bonsal NC

Come ride with us! The New Hope Valley Railway operating season starts on Sunday, April 12, 2015, with operations based around the NC Science Festival. Railroading incorporates many sciences from the steam power used by some locomotives to the laws of motion and gravity affecting train handling by engineers. The North Carolina Railway Museum, operator of the railway, will present a number of exhibits and demonstrations of these and other railroad-related tasks in the Yard.

The New Hope Valley Railway provides train rides with both steam and diesel locomotives on weekends from April to December each year. The facility also includes a primarily outdoor museum of historic and heritage railroad equipment, a gift shop, food trucks, and other amenities.

Along with regular train rides, the NHV operates special events, including beer and wine tastings, a Civil War battle reenactment, special historic exhibits, Halloween Trains in October, and Santa Trains in December.

The New Hope Valley Railway is located in the community of Bonsal, just a short nine miles south of historic downtown Apex, off the Old US1 Highway. For further information, schedules, and to purchase tickets, please go to www.TriangleTrain.com.


Visit Apex

If you have a group of ten or more, our Apex Ambassador would love to show you our historic downtown. We offer free of charge a 45 minute lecture on the history of Apex at our downtown showcase the Halle Cultural Arts Center. You also have five wonderful dining venues to choose from for lunch or dinner. Following your dining experience, we give you a walking tour of downtown and show you some wonderful places to shop.

If this sounds interesting to you contact J. C. Knowles, Apex Ambassador, at 919-772-5472.


J.C.'s Downtown Historical Moments – Looking Back on Apex

JC Knowles

            10 Years Ago in June 2005

• Chick-fil-A held their grand opening on June 2nd. At the event, $26,000 in free food and drinks were given away in 15 minutes.

• Dianne Khin, Apex Planning Director, appeared on the Television show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" She did not win a million, but, she did win $25,000.

• Former Apex Town Manager Bill Sutton throws his hat in the ring for a seat on the Apex Town Council.

• The Apex Chamber of Commerce held their first "Membership Appreciation Day" on June 16th. Over 20 businesses provided food and drink for the event.

• The Apex Town Board was presented a budget for the 2005-2006 year of $22,056,080. NOTE: The 2015-2016 draft budget for all funds will amount to $96,000,000.

            25 Years Ago in June 1990

• The Apex Town Board approved rezoning the old Post Office on South Salem Street. The action called for A & E Electronics to open a business on the site.

• Garland C. Morris has returned to Apex after a 70 year absence. The firn was founded in Apex in 1904, and moved to Raleigh in 1920. Welcome home!

J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador     jc.knowles@att.net


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