Day Two of the Bayfield Apple Fest Carries on Despite Dreary Weather

By KBJR News 1

October 5, 2013 Updated Oct 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM CST

Bayfield, WI (NNCNOW.COM)

It is day two of the 52nd annual Bayfield Apple Festival.
While the weather was on the dreary side, and many of the sites were shut down, it didn't put a damper on people's spirits.

It was rainy...

"I'm a little wet"

But that didn't stop people from picking out their favorite apples.

"The honey crisp, there is no getting around the honey crisp they are the sweetest," says Mary Jo Rabideaux of Rabideaux Orchards.

The annual Apple Festival in Bayfield Wisconsin is one weekend orchard owners look forward to year round to sell their crop.

"It's about 80 percent of the business. The week prior to the festival and the week after or two is the whole business. But these three days are the biggest days for sale of the apples," says Rabideaux.

Not only do orchards have apples, but visitors can get a whole experience.

"They can take a tour of our sorting line right here, they can look at apples being sorted. We also make jams and jellies so they can come and see jams and jellies being made in our kettle and they can see our cider press that we press apples in to make cider," says Missy Morin of Bayfield Apple Co.

However, there were a few sights visitors could not see.

"With the government shut down, obviously the national park is closed, the national lake shore is closed, all the islands are closed to visitors," says David Eades, Executive Director of the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau.

Chamber spokes people say this is the first time the National forests have been shut down, but say it hasn't put a damper on the festivities.

"Today has gone surprisingly well, people love apple fest and they come up again again and we appreciate it," adds Eades.

The festivities continue tomorrow with a parade at 2pm. Our very own Kevin Jacobsen and Adam Clark will be judging the floats.

Posted to the web Kati Anderson
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