Thousands Enjoy Day One of Bayfield Apple Festival

Updated: October 05, 2018 08:18 PM

Apple season is in full swing and the 57th annual Bayfield Apple Festival is the spot where people are stocking up on the popular fruit, along with enjoying the variety of apple flavored foods and drinks.

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The first day of the three day festival kicked off Friday. The apple festival is named the best festival in the state of Wisconsin by Wisconsin Trails Magazine.

Click here for a list of events this weekend.

"I've never seen so many different items made of apples and we've tried many of them,” Carol Himmel, an apple festival attendee, said. "I had an apple dumpling with rum sauce on it and it was delicious.”

Himmel came all the way from Chicago to relax up in the Northland and on her travels she discovered the apple fest.

"We came to look at the beautiful colors on the drive and ended up here in beautiful Bayfield and I’m excited to be at the apple fest,” Himmel said.

And Himmel wasn’t the only first time apple fest attendee.

"I’ve been wanting to come for many years and we both had the day off so we said let's go, and we came, even though it's a little chilly,” Barb Blekestad, an apple festival attendee from Duluth, said. Blekestad was accompanied by her friend Brianne Olson. 

Live music and a performance from the Bayfield High School marching band kept everyone entertained along with the vendors and restaurants serving all sorts of apple flavored treats.

"It's very different, we've never been over here before so it's kind of different arts and crafts and things. We tried the apple chili and it's very good,” Brianne Olson, an apple festival attendee, said.

"We make 35 gallons and we usually sell out on Sunday morning,” Matthew Sherrard, an apple chili vendor,” said.

Besides apple chili, attendees enjoyed apple bratwurst, caramel dipped apples, classic apple pie, apple butter, and plenty more.

The food options are so tasty, that it even made it hard for people to share their food with friends and family.

"Our cider is always a popular item. We pressed it this week on Tuesday so it's freshly pressed cider,” Hollie Lawrence, a Hauser’s Superior View Farm vendor, said.

Over 50,000 visitors make it out to the annual autumn festival.

"I think it is a phenomenal opportunity to come. It's overlooking beautiful Lake Superior so the scenery is amazing,” Lawrence said.

The Bayfield Apple Festival will be going on until Sunday.

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