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Duluth farm to host Apple Palooza

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Beaver River Farm.

Three people hold bags of apple with apple trees behind them and full bins in front of them.
Dixon’s Apple Orchard's Luke Mullane, Jim Mullane and Becky Mullane pose for a photo in front of apple bins. Dixon’s Apple Orchard is hosting Apple Palooza in Duluth on Oct. 1.
Contributed / Nikki Riedel
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DULUTH — Expect hayrides, food trucks and farm animal sightings during Duluth Apple Palooza. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Beaver River Farm, 5936 Beaver River Road.

Also on tap: live music by John and Andy from 1-4 p.m., a craft fair, a bounce house and, of course, apples and cider.

A bin of green apples.
A bountiful harvest from Dixon’s Apple Orchard, of Cadott, Wis.
Contributed / Nikki Riedel

It’s the brainchild of Becky Mullane. Born and raised in Duluth, Mullane raised apples in New Mexico with her grandparents before taking over the operation in 1996 and relocating it to Cadott, Wisconsin, in 2012.

Dixon’s orchard produces apple varieties McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Zestar and Champagne; the latter traveled north as clippings from New Mexico.

The family expanded in 2021 with the purchase of a 12-acre Chippewa Falls orchard and the adjacent Autumn Harvest Winery.


Mullane chose to host the event at Beaver River Farm, 1 mile from where she grew up. “This Palooza is such a fun way for us to celebrate our Duluth heritage,” Mullane said in a press release.

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Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

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