The Caledonia Argus
The 2017 La Crescent Applefest celebration is ready to roll. The fun kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 14, when the King Apple Tent (at Abnet Field) opens. At the same time (4 p.m.), the Family Fun Shows Carnival opens as well. That attraction should once again delight all ages during all four days of Applefest, volunteer organizers noted.
“Last year we brought in a new carnival, and they’re returning in 2017,” Applefest president Verissa Jonsgaard said. “The community seemed to really enjoy that… It was the most rides we’ve ever had.”
Thursday also includes the Little Miss & Little King Pageant at the King Apple Tent (6 p.m.). “We’ll draw the names that night, and introduce them,” Jonsgaard added. Entertainment at the same venue by “Jacked Up” (a band from Houston, Minn.) begins at 7 p.m.
“On Thursday and Friday nights, we do Applefest trivia (at the King Apple Tent) Jonsgaard stated. “You can earn free beer.”
Friday begins with a senior citizen luncheon at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
Also on Friday, the “tapping of the Red Apple Keg” occurs at 7 p.m. (King Apple Tent). The Dweebs (a Minneapolis sensation) will perform at 8 p.m. at the same venue. “They’ve got a great following,” Verissa said. “They’re probably one of the biggest bands that we’re bringing in for the weekend.”
The Applefest Run to the Edge, a 5K event, is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. through 9:15 a.m. on Saturday.
Then at 11:15, the Kiddie Parade can be found at Crucifixion School, followed by Big Wheel races for the young crowd.
The La Crescent Chamber of Commerce also hosts several events at the La Crescent Elementary School on Saturday, including an Arts & Crafts Fair, Flea Market (at the playground), and a Classic Car show.
United Methodist Church will feature a Chicken Que on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.
Also on Saturday, the Applefest grounds will host a “cornhole” tourney. “Who doesn’t love playing beanbags?” Jonsgaard noted.
Apple orchard tours will be available on Saturday as well. “It’s always fun to take a local tour around the area,” Jonsgaard commented. “I believe it goes up Apple Blossom Drive.”
On Saturday afternoon, the President’s Reception will be held at Pine Creek Golf Course (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.). A button and pre-purchased ticket are required. The Applefest Queen Coronation is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., on the same evening at the La Crescent High School auditorium.
Two local bands play at the King Apple Tent on Saturday afternoon/evening. “Saints & Liars” will kick off at 5 p.m., followed by “Pick 6” at 7 p.m.
Sunday leads off with a Lion’s Club pancake breakfast at the La Crescent High School Auditorium, beginning at 7 a.m. and lasting until noon. The Chamber of Commerce Flea Market continues at the Elementary School playground (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and lunch at the United Methodist Chicken Que can be found from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The King Apple Tent opens at noon on Sunday, as does the Family Fun Shows Carnival.
Always a crowd favorite, Sunday’s King Apple Parade features plenty of high school marching bands, which are judged. “A lot of the bands kind of use us as a practice run for Oktoberfest,” Verissa noted. It all begins at 1 p.m. “The parade is always just wonderful, every year,” the president concluded.
Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m. to5 p.m.) finds the famous Apple Annies performing at the King Apple Tent. “For some people wanting to come see the new 2017 Apple Annie, that’s Lisa Urban!” Jonsgaard reported. “We love our Annies.” Admittance to the tent is free (no Applefest button required) on Sunday.