Apples Abound in Bayfield on Chilly First Day of Fest

Posted at: 10/04/2013 5:49 PM
Updated at: 10/04/2013 6:20 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

It was a chilly start to the festival, but it didn't seem to bother many people enjoying downtown Bayfield.

"This is good, this is real good, the way it should be," said Chris Walke of Apple Hill Orchard.

"Who cares? You are up and alive and enjoying it," said Daniel Marcinkiewicz of Addison, Ill.

Each year Walke helps out his family stand, selling all sorts of apples and apple treats.

"It really is a great time just to get together with old friends and family...Apple fest is very special," Walke said.

Seeing friends and family rank the highest among his favorites about the festival, but there's a close second.

"We try to keep it to the minimum, but there are plenty of caramel apples that don't make it to the stand because are just so good," explained Walke.

Caramel apples are just one thing to try on a long list of goodies.

"I had a foot-long hot dog, which was okay...but the best one is the waffle cone, or the apple cone, with cinnamon on top. That was excellent," said Marcinkiewicz.

The treats span from the very core of the festival, your everyday apples, to more unique combinations.

"We have apple brats. I'm not sure how they are cooked but they taste like apples and they're great!" said Cassandra Bridger of Milwaukee.

The 52nd Annual Bayfield Apple Festival continues Saturday and Sunday with festivities beginning at 9 a.m.