October 06, 2017 10:15 PM
For many, a sign that fall is here is the changing leaves and cooler weather but for others it's the return of the Bayfield Apple Fest. The 56th annual fest kicked off Friday.
"The weather's really great this year," said Kat Sari from Duluth, MN.
Sari was raised coming to the festival with her dad. Now, the nearly 15 year ritual is something she says she refuses to miss.
"We really come for the blackened white fish - the food is really good - then we go to the orchards," said Sari. "It's really the kick off for Fall for me and so it's a nice day that me and my family can get together."
She's among an estimated 60,000 people that are expected to attend the festival this weekend, and one of many who flocked to the area for the first day.
"I think we've been here 15 minutes and so far it's amazing," said Dianne Stabenow, who travled from Minong, WI.
Whether you come for the apples or the friendly atmosphere, she agrees there's something for everybody at the fest.
"My favorites are the apple brats, the apple pies. We find anything that's got apple in it," said Stabenow.
"I love the vendors and a few of the unique crafts or clothing items. I always pick something up for a Christmas gift and the food is great," said Dave Onjaro, from Hibbing, MN.
More than 60 orchard and food booths lined the streets offering not only a unique perspective on the taste buds, but a glimpse of what the area is like.
"I think it's amazing just being by the bay. It's a really knit community," Sari said.
"My wife is always remarking about how clean it is. It's really a small town feel," added Onjaro. "It doesn't get any better."
The festival continues through Sunday. The Grand Parade will take place then.
Updated: October 06, 2017 10:15 PM
Created: October 06, 2017 05:32 PM
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