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BAYFIELD-Tens of thousands of people hungry for Honey Crisps or craving Cortlands descended on Bayfield's 51st Annual Apple Festival on Sunday for the best weather of the weekend.
"We had 80s–90s all year long and then Applefest comes and it went to what? ... 75 down to 43? That's a big one," orchard owner Allen Rabideaux said.
Early year warm weather was the cause of problems earlier in the year, Rabideaux, owner of Rabideaux's Bayfield Fruit Company, said.
"Anyways all the trees bloomed up at all the farms. And then we got the frost. So everyone I think lost maybe 15, 20, or 25%," Rabideaux said.
Hollie Lawrence, representing Hauser's Superior View Farm, said crops still turned out pretty good.
"Well, you know, a lot of people have come thinking we didn't have a huge apple crop this year but it actually appears we did pretty well," Lawrence said.
"We're sold out of most of our apples. In fact, the orchard where we're at has no more apples left," Lawrence said.
"The honey crisp is by far the hottest thing on the market. There's no getting around it," Rabideaux said.
"And these generally Friday or Saturday are pretty much sold out," Lawrence said.
But there's plenty left over for the typical 60,000 visitors, Lawrence said.
"I have an aunt who's been making this apple butter for 35 years and people came every year looking for it," Lawrence said.
Rabideaux said people also come looking for their other favorite apples.
"The Cortland is very good. Haralson is very good. Mcintosh. They're all really good late–variety apples," Rabideaux said.