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Join us for the 70th Annual Applefest in beautiful La Crescent, MN, September 13-16, 2018

The La Crescent Apple Festival was founded in September 1949 by Ralph Jones and Mel Hickenbotham, with the purpose of promoting La Crescent, its apple industry, and “putting La Crescent on the map”. The initial planning session was held just two weeks prior to fest. The first Apple Festival was a huge success, drawing a crowd of nearly 20,000 people and was just a sample of what was to come, as the festival has grown in size and quality every year.

La Crescent Apple Festival Inc. is made up of board members who volunteer year round to ensure a successful Applefest.

Applefest would not go on without the help of all the volunteers from our community. Thank You!

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, September 13th

4:00 PM – Family Fun Shows Carnival

4:00 PM-11:00 PM – King Apple Tent Open & Applefest Grounds (Abnet Field)

5:00 PM-9:00 PM – Wristband for Carnival

6:00 PM-7:00 PM – Little Miss & Little King Pageant @ King Apple Tent

7:00 PM-10:00 PM – Corey Wise @ King Apple Tent

Friday, September 14th

11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Senior Citizen Luncheon @ SpringBrook Village

4:00 PM-7:00 PM – Applefest Reunion @ Applefest Grounds, Queens Tent

4:00 PM – Family Fun Shows Carnival

5:00 PM-9:00 PM – Wristband for Carnival

7:00 PM-8:00 PM – Tapping of the Red Apple Keg @ King Apple Tent

8:00 PM-12:00 AM – The Dweebs @ King Apple Tent

Saturday, September 15th

6:30 AM-8:15 AM – Applefest Run to the Edge Scenic 5K @ Quillin’s La Crescent

9:00 AM-5:00 PM – Chamber of Commerce Arts & Craft Fair @ La Crescent Elementary School

9:00 AM-6:00 PM – Chamber of Commerce Flea Market @ La Crescent Elementary School Playground

10:00 AM-3:00 PM – Classic Car Show @ La Crescent Elementary School

10:00 AM-12:00 PM – Kiddie Parade @ Crucifixion School

11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Apple Orchard Tour

11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Apple Orchard Tour

11:00 AM – Family Fun Carnival

11:00 AM-5:30 PM – United Methodist Chicken Que, Serving until 5:30 or until gone

11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Big Wheel Races @ Crucifixion School

12:00 PM-1:00 AM – King Apple Tent Open

12:00 PM – Applefest Cornhole Tournament @ Applefest Grounds – King Apple Tent

12:00 PM-4:00 PM – Wristband for Carnival

1:00 PM-2:00 PM – Apple Orchard Tour

1:00 PM-2:00 PM – Kiddie Tractor Pull @ South Side Applefest Grounds (Hockey Arena Parking Lot)

3:00 PM-4:00 PM – Apple Orchard Tour

3:00 PM-5:00 PM – Jim Busta Band @ King Apple Tent – Applefest Grounds

4:30 PM-6:30 PM – President’s Reception @ Queens Tent – Applefest Grounds

5:00 PM-6:00 PM – Hard Cider Tasting @ King Apple Tent – Applefest Grounds

6:00 PM-7:00 PM – Hard Cider Tasting @ King Apple Tent – Applefest Grounds

6:30 PM-9:00 PM – Applefest Queen Coronation @ La Crescent High School Auditorium

7:00 PM-11:30 PM – Teen Dance @ Applefest Grounds – Queen Apple Tent

8:00 PM-1:00 AM – Jacked Up Band @ King Apple Tent – Applefest Grounds

Sunday, September 16th

7:00 AM-12:00 PM – Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast @ La Crescent High School Auditorium

10:00 AM-4:00 PM – Chamber of Commerce Flea Market @ La Crescent Elementary School Playground (South 4th & Oak Street)

11:00 AM-5:30 PM – United Methodist Chicken Que, serving until 5:30 or until gone

12:00 PM-9:00 PM – King Apple Tent Open

12:00 PM-6:00 PM – Family Fun Shows Carnival

12:00 PM-4:00 PM – Wristband for Carnival

1:00 PM-3:30 PM – King Apple Parade, starting at Elm & Main St

3:30 PM-5:30 PM – Apple Annies @ King Apple Tent – Applefest Grounds

6:00 PM-9:00 PM – Two Tone ReVeille @ King Apple Tent – Applefest Grounds

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