Bayfield Community Preps for 58th Annual Apple Festival

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: October 02, 2019 06:44 PM

The streets in Bayfield looked calm on Wednesday, but in the next 48 hours, they’ll be packed with thousands of people for the 58th annual Apple Festival.


“You see all the people who are working in the orchards and all the shops here are getting ready for this huge population influx,” said Jeremy Oswald, the events manager for the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau.

An influx of 60,000 visitors is expected this weekend for the apple festivities which include a parade, carnival, crafts, competitions, and dozens of vendors. 

Special events include the crowning of the Apple Queen, an apple peeling contest, and a Saturday evening fish fry at the historic Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion. The Grand Parade features a mass band with 400 participants playing On Wisconsin, marching down historic Rittenhouse Avenue, to Lake Superior.

Folks come from all over the Midwest to load up on tasty and unique apple treats like apple dumpling, apple chili, apple brats, and more. People also look forward to taking in the breathtaking fall atmosphere.

“The colors are starting to change. All the beautiful greens are turning to beautiful oranges and reds,” said Oswald.

“The people in town are excited. They are happy to be here and everyone is in a good mood, the workers and visitors,” said Amy Sherrard, the owner of Morty’s Pub.

It’s a team effort to get this event together. Volunteers and local businesses have been working longer hours than usual lately to prep for the exciting chaos.

"We could not do this without our volunteers. They help us with the information booth and they help clean afterwards. They help organize the parade and do lots of behind the scene stuff," said Oswald.

“We do look forward to this. It’s a different type of busy,” said Sherrard.

Morty’s Pub is well known for making its famous apple chili. They sold out fast last year so this year they made 50 gallons so everybody can try it out.

“We started prepping it earlier this week. We put in four different kinds of beans and we top it off with our Bayfield apples that we get locally here and call it Bayfield apple chili,” said Sherrard.

Beverly Ellestad from the Candy Shoppe makes 350 apple pies for the festival and after many years, she’s turned into an expert on prepping them pretty fast.

“We have dough bags and we start with the dry ingredients all ready and sugar bags so we can crank them out fast, four at the time. We put them in the freezer unbaked and then bake them during the festival fresh,” said Ellestad.

"It's so great to be the highlight of the state for the weekend. We get people from all over the place, people that keep coming year after year. This place will take a massive transformation," said Oswald.

The 58th annual Bayfield Apple Festival starts Friday Oct. 4 and goes through Sunday Oct. 6.

A schedule of events going on at the festival can be found here.

WDIO will be live Friday Oct. 4 from Erickson Orchards. Join us at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.


Alejandra Palacios

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