As the apple trees grow fuller, Bauer’s and Leidel’s apple stands open their doors to reveal barrels of fresh apples, and we can feel autumn inching closer.
While September means something for every community, it means one very important thing for La Crescent – Applefest.
This exuberant festival has been the cause of many of La Crescents’ assets, as it’s initial purpose was to “put La Crescent on the map.”
Comprised of a board of volunteers who succeed in making the festival “grow in size and quality every year,” the proceeds made from Applefest are given back to the community in some way or another.
The festival is recognized as helping various community projects, including the construction of the hockey warming house, swimming pool, playgrounds and tennis courts.
A jam packed schedule of exceptional events is something the residents of La Crescent have grown to expect from Applefest, and this year is no exception. Young or old, clear your calendar for Sept. 19 through 22 for a weekend of excitement!
Saturday will be kicked off with an 8 a.m. tea time that marks Applefest’s 31st Annual Apple Cobbler Golf Scramble. Shortly after, the cannon will go off for the Applefest Scenic 5K Run/Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. from Quillin’s on La Crescent’s Main Street. Later that night, the Man and Woman of the Year awards will be presented.
Per Applefest tradition, festival goers can expect a unique performance from La Crescent’s “Ambassadors of Song,” the Apple Annies. Beginning in 1985, a new Apple Annie has been chosen every year and performs with the Annies from previous years at events throughout the year.
At 1 p.m. on Sunday businesses, organizations and clubs will parade through the streets of La Crescent in their best attempt to represent their community. Among marching bands, royalty and local businesses, you’re sure to go home with a bag of candy and a feeling of community.
With the perfect combination between carnival rides, fantastic food and entertainment, Applefest is a celebration that anyone can enjoy.
– Lauren Perry