Volunteers keep Applefest running for decades

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WEAU) -- A volunteer-run festival with a long history of giving back to the community runs through the weekend.

Applefest in La Crescent, Minnesota is in its 65th year. The event includes a carnival live music and apple orchard tours.

Applefest is held at abnet field next to the la crescent ice arena. Public relations director Chad Ready said it’s amazing Applefest has run so long with all volunteers, especially with the way the economy is.

“You know money for families is not easy these days and you can’t just go out and spend. So you know to have them come down and check out our beer tent and our carnival, and it’s great that we can still do this and of course the businesses in town sponsor us, and help out tremendously,” said Ready.

The profits from the festival go back to the community for various projects.

La Crescent Lions treasurer Dewey Severson has been coming to Applefest for most of his life. Plus, for the past six years he’s helped provide a corn roast and potato feed and pancakes on Sunday at Applefest. He said it’s a good time to reconnect.

“Just seeing friendships coming back and people coming out of the area and they usually come home for the weekend and it’s just a fun time to get together and support the apple industry of La Crescent,” said Severson.

Applefest runs through Sunday.

Admission to the Applefest grounds is free, but you need to purchase a button for the beer tent with live music and coronation. Buttons are $7. You also have to buy tickets for the carnival.


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