Bayfield Apple Festival Getting Prepared

Bayfield and apples are basically synonymous in the Northland and they are as important to the farmers as they are to Bayfield itself.

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Farmers and the city of Bay field are getting ready for this weekend’s Apple Festival that attracts roughly 60,000 people to town.

Everything kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday with the popular parade through town.

Bayfield and apples are basically synonymous in the Northland and they are as important to the farmers as they are to Bayfield itself.

“We probably sell probably about a third of our apples during apple fest,” said farmer Jim Hauser, the owner of Hauser’s Superior View Farm.

“It’s a huge part of who we are. It’s our chance to show off, it’s our chance for Bayfield to show off ourselves to the rest of the state and the rest of the region. It’s our shining moment,” said Jeremy Oswald, said events manager of the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce.

This year Hauser says that there is an extra push for them to pick quickly due to a late start for the apples this year.

“Our nights are a little bit cooler than farther south so it  turns some of that starch to sugars,” said Hauser.

He also says that the Bayfield area apples are better than your average ones.

“Apples were a little bit late this year so it’s starting to get things a little more congested as far as getting everything ready,” said Hauser.

The apple festival does not just bring people from around the country to Bayfield, but in fact people in town look forward to their friends coming each year.

“They come back and pick apples, or haul apples, or grate apples, and it’s different than their normal jobs so we treat it sort of like a family reunion,” said Hauser.

The Bayfield Apple Festival starts Friday and goes through Sunday.

You can find a full schedule of events here.

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