Apple Festival preparations beginNorthern Wisconsin’s fall harvest celebration, the Bayfield Apple Festival, runs Oct. 4-6. The annual event draws nearly 50,000 people to the harbor town of Bayfield for an apple extravaganza like no other.
Northern Wisconsin’s fall harvest celebration, the Bayfield Apple Festival, runs Oct. 4-6. The annual event draws nearly 50,000 people to the harbor town of Bayfield for an apple extravaganza like no other. Touted by Wisconsin Trails magazine as Wisconsin’s “best” fall festival, Bayfield welcomes visitors for a three-day weekend celebrating the bounty of the fall harvest amidst the scenic beauty of the Bayfield Peninsula, home of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Along with 60 orchard and festival food booths offering an array of Northwoods delicacies, Bayfield hosts handmade art and craft vendors, and specialty product vendors throughout historic downtown and picturesque Memorial Park. Music lovers will enjoy listening to Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra perform at the Grandstand stage and be entertained by the Pipes & Drums of Thunder Bay, a 20-member traditional Scottish pipe band, at events throughout the weekend.
This year’s festival will feature the inaugural Peel Out 5k Run on Oct. 5 at Mt. Ashwabay Recreation Area. Participants will carry an apple from the race start to the finish line, winding through woods and cross country ski trails, climbing 300 feet and finishing at the top of Mt. Ashwabay. Organizers will turn the surviving apples into caramel apple sundaes at the finish line. Runners, walkers and families are all welcome to “start Applefest with a great run and a delicious apple treat!”
Additional festival events including an Apple Peeling Contest, performances by Native Expressions Drum and Dance Troupe, a Venetian Boat parade through Bayfield’s City Harbor and the weekend’s grand finale on Sunday afternoon — a hometown parade featuring the 400-member Mass Band playing “On Wisconsin” in unison.