59th Annual Bayfield Apple Festival canceled

The Bayfield Apple Festival The Bayfield Apple Festival |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: June 19, 2020 05:24 PM

The crisp fall air, combined with the crisp bite of an apple makes for a memorable Bayfield Apple Fest tradition. It's a tradition that will have to wait another year.


The Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau and it’s Board of Directors announced Friday that it is officially postponing the 59th Annual Bayfield Apple Festival. The decision was made with the safety of Bayfield area residents, employees and visitors in mind.

The Bayfield Apple Festival brings in up to 50,000 people in just three days, and with the COVID-19 health crisis, it is a risk not worth taking. With a population of 487, and no Intensive Care Unit in the county, organizers say  Bayfield cannot afford to gamble the health of our residents, employees, and visitors.

"After nearly 60 years, Apple Festival has become a strong part of the ‘Bayfield experience.’ Having a year without Bayfield Apple Festival is going to be devastating to many local businesses and to our orchards but the decision was made for the safety of our community,"  David Eades, Executive Director of the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau said in a press release. “Bayfield is resilient and I have no doubt that we will all work together to make 2021 the best Apple Festival ever."

All vendors will be refunded in full in 2020 and invited to participate next year.

The Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau wishes to thank visitors for their support and understanding, and
Bayfield looks forward to hosting the next Apple Festival on October 1–3, 2021.

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