Bayfield Community Helping 8 Displaced Recover from Ashes of Saturday Apartment Fire

The building was one of the oldest in the city, and the only affordable housing in the small tourist town.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- After a massive apartment fire Saturday, it was a bleaker Easter Sunday in Bayfield as residents drove by to look at the burnt-down remains of one of the town’s oldest structures — and only affordable housing unit — while helping the displaced rise from the ashes and try to get back on their feet. “I saw some smoke…

Apple Fest Returns as ‘Core’ Part of Bayfield for Orchards, Thousands of Fans

The 59th Festival wrapped up with the parade of 33 floats and attractions through Downtown.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Thousands packed the streets of Bayfield for Apple Fest, as the Northern Wisconsin tradition of almost 60 years returned this weekend after the pandemic sidelined all the fun last year. It was apples, to apples, to apples as far as the eye could see, as the festival wrapped up Sunday. “They have apple donuts, apple pies,” said one…

Bayfield Businesses Looking Forward to Apple Fest

It's an occasion that is the biggest weekend of the year for the town.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — “I think people are excited to be outside again and to gather,” Apostle Island Booksellers Store Manager, Kristen Sandstrom says. After having a different variation of the event last year, Apple Fest is coming back to downtown Bayfield this weekend. “We expect to have at least 20,000 people in and around the area this weekend,” Bayfield Chamber…

Orchards Preparing for Apple Fest

In its 59th year, the Apple Fest will be back in full swing. 

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — “We’re going to have our same thing going on with hayrides, live music. Apple picking. We have all the goodies in the store,” Erickson Orchard Owner, Fred Erickson says. In its 59th year, the Apple Fest will be back in full swing. Despite the drought, Orchards are ready for people to come back out onto the farms….

Bayfield Orchards Looking Forward to Apple Fest

Apple Fest will be the first weekend of October.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — Orchards in Bayfield are already looking forward to Apple Fest for a variety of reasons. Despite losing the majority of their strawberry crops in the spring, Erickson Orchard just outside of Bayfield is banking on a healthy apple crop and a large turnout of people during the festival. “We lost 95-100%. The little bit that I got…

Bayfield Seeing Successful Summer Tourism Season

Apple Fest will take place the first weekend of October.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. —  Tourism in Bayfield has been up this summer. Hotels are being completely booked and businesses are seeing peak Apple Fest numbers. The weekly foot traffic throughout the summer has been due to events being back in session like the Point to LaPointe swim and weekly concerts by the lake held every Tuesday. This most recent concert was…

Bayfield Orchards Looking Forward to Apple Fest

Over at Erickson Orchards they are currently finishing up their new processing facility which will help streamline their cider business.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — Orchards in Bayfield are already looking forward to Apple Fest for a variety of reasons. Despite losing the majority of their strawberry crops in the spring, Erickson Orchards just outside of Bayfield is banking on a healthy apple crop and a large turnout of people during the festival. “We lost 95-100%. The little bit that I got…

Bayfield Businesses Report Steady Sales as Pandemic Continues

From Lodging to Entertainment, Many Businesses in Bayfield Say Sales Have Remained Stable as the Pandemic Continues

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Nearly one year into the global pandemic and travel is still frowned upon by many health officials. However, there is one silver lining when it comes to folks avoiding longer vacations. Local businesses in Northland communities are seeing an increase in people taking smaller weekend getaways to escape for a few days. “Outdoor rec is the name…

Bayfield Non-Profit Donating Toys to Kids, Gifts for Seniors

In all, 77 seniors will be receiving secret Santa gifts, and Core has also received toys for 150 kids which have been distributed throughout the week.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – New Executive Director Mary Dougherty took over Core Community Resources in Bayfield Wisconsin in 2019 with a mission in mind geared towards helping seniors. “Doing things like mowing your lawn, shoveling your walk in the winter, running errands for you, friendly visits if you’re lonely,” Core Community Resources Executive Director, Mary Dougherty says. This holiday season, community…

Family, Friends Remember Apple Fest Founder

"Jim was a huge inspirational character in this area. Just missing him drive by and waving. It was a kind of a daily routine."

Credit: Erickson Orchards & Country Store BAYFIELD, Wisc. –  For the first time in decades, the Apple Fest didn’t happen last weekend, but crowds still showed up for some of the usual activities. “It was great. The people that came here were fantastic,” Erickson Orchards Owner, Fred Erickson says. Instead of the usual vendors setting up booths downtown, visitors ventured…

Founder of Bayfield’s Apple Festival Dies

According to the Ashland Daily Press, Jim Erickson died Sunday night after an illness.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – One of the founders of Bayfield’s Apple Festival has died this past weekend. According to the Ashland Daily Press, Jim Erickson died Sunday night after an illness. The Facebook page of Erickson farms says they are closed October 5th, and apologized for any inconvenience. Erickson Orchards was started over 100 years ago. Jim’s son, Fred Erickson is…

Pattison State Park Trails Busy During First Weekend Open After 2018 Flood Damage

Visitors from as far as Utah came to check out the waterfalls along the newly renovated trails.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Hikers, families and nature lovers wasted no time getting back to Pattison State Park over the weekend as it reopened after two years, after flood waters tore through the trails on Father’s Day 2018. “Very, very excited not only to be on the trails but to be outside, to be around people,” said David Zander, a Minneapolis native…

Cancellation of 2020 Apple Fest a Big Test for Bayfield Businesses

It is arguably the cities largest event, and at times, can bring in over 60,000 people to a town with a popular of under 500.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – This year, the fall season in Bayfield will be looking different. “Certainly overwhelming. Very large crowds come into town over the weekend. When the weather is nice, typically the streets will be packed body to body with people,” Howl Owner, Mary Thiel says. That won’t be happening with the cancellation of the 59th annual Apple Fest, and…

Bayfield Farmers Reflect on Cancellation of Apple Fest

"It's all the orchards together that makes Apple Fest what it is. It's not just one orchard or one property."

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – “Apple Fest is a lot of work and its the most fun I’ve ever had,” Bayfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, David Eades says. But because of Covid-19, the lack of Bayfield’s largest event will leave hole in the heart of city. “The energy. The community. The food vendors, the orchards, the parade the contests. There’s something…

Bayfield Apple Festival the “Apple” of Town’s Eye

Festival draws in more than 50,000 visitors each year.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Drawing in more than 50,000 visitors every year, the Apple Festival is one of Bayfield’s biggest events. And you can tell, by how many people pack the streets for the parade. Marching down Rittenhouse Avenue, laid out in front of the deep blue Lake Superior, the Grand Parade draws floats, attractions, and spectators from around the Northland. As…

Classic Boat & Schooner Rendezvous Sailing into Bayfield

The Event Kicks off Friday, September 6 in Bayfield, Wisconsin

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The 2nd annual Lake Superior Tall Ships “Classic Boat & Schooner Rendezvous” is sailing back into Bayfield Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8. The mission of the event is to raise funds and awareness for the Lake Superior Tall Ships Youth Sailing & Sea Cadets Program including sailing trips to Isle Royale and Minnesota’s North Shore….

A Celebration of Ashland’s Downtown Success

Ashland was recognized as one of the top six downtown areas in the entire state of Wisconsin

ASHLAND, Wis.- Ashland is being recognized as one of the best downtown communities in the entire state of Wisconsin. City leaders are praising the several new downtown developments that helped earn this recognition. Downtown’s are often an important part of a city, and Ashland is being highlighted as one of just six communities in the entire state for accomplishments related…

Get Felted Soap at Apple Fest

Some Unique Vendors Selling their Goods Alongside Apples

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Believe it or not there’s more than just apples at Apple Fest. There are all types of vendors taking advantage of the large crowds to sell their unique items, like felted soap. “It’s a bar of handmade soap that has wool roving wet-felted around the outside in alternating layers,” said Naomi McFadden, daughter of The Felted Soap Lady….

Apple Festival: Apple of Bayfield’s Eye

57th Annual Festival Ends with Parade

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The chilly October wind, normally piercing through the air, was overcome by the warmth of community, and food, at the 57th annual Bayfield Apple Festival. “Turnout was very good, I mean it was a little cold,” said Gordon Ringberg, Bayfield Mayor. “The weather never stops us.” Indeed, the weather didn’t stop the thousands gathered by the lake. For many,…

Apples and Adventure Await in Bayfield this Weekend

The 57th Bayfield Apple Festival will Run From Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The famed Bayfield Apple Festival has already won the rank of “10 Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the Nation” in past years, and they’re looking to secure that position once again this year. The festival is set to kick off Friday, October 5 and run through Sunday, October 7. The event serves as a celebration of the autumn…

Tall Ships to Rendezvous in Bayfield this Weekend

The First Bayfield Classic Boat and Schooner Rendezvous is Happening September 7 - 9 in Bayfield

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – Tall ships will not be docking in the Duluth, Superior harbor in the near future, but they will be on display in Bayfield. Lake Superior Tall Ships is proud to present classic wooden boats and schooners in the Bayfield harbor September 7 – 9, 2018. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful views and educational tours as…

Four Dead, One Rescued Near Apostle Islands

The Incident Was Reported on Thursday, August 30 to the Ashland County Sheriff's Office

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wisc. – Tragedy has struck the Apostle Islands. Three children, ages three, six, and nine and their father are dead after their kayak capsized on Thursday. Officials tell us a family of five went kayaking Thursday afternoon but the winds started to pick up to Around 15 to 20 mph, causing the kayak to capsize. The mother was…

White Winter Winery Makers’ Faire Happening Saturday

Makers' Faire is Happening Saturday, June 30 from Noon until 5:00 p.m.

IRON RIVER, Wisc. – Happening Saturday, June 30, folks are invited to the community of Iron River, Wisconsin to experience the second annual Makers’ Faire put on by White Winter Winery. The Faire will run from noon until 5:00 p.m. and showcase many talented artists, farmers, growers, producers, crafts and more. The artisans are from various communities around the region,…

Prince’s Band to Perform in Northland

BAYFIELD, Wis.-The spirit behind Prince is making its way to the Northland next month. Prince’s band the New Power Generation will perform at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield July 7th for a very special show. Since Prince’s death back in 2016, the group grieved of their loss, but now they are hitting the road again to let Prince’s music…

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Apple Lovers Flock to Erickson Orchards and Country Store

Bayfield Apple Festival will Run Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 6 - 8

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – This weekend thousands are making their way to Bayfield, Wisconsin, as the community will once again host their 56th Annual Apple Festival. The Bayfield Chamber of Commerce predicts nearly 60,000 visitors to make their way through the town during the three day festival. With all the hustle and bustle comes excitement from the Erickson family. Erickson Orchards…