Applefest now underway, celebrate La Crescent's apple industry

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) - La Crescent's annual festivities celebrating all things apple is now underway.

Applefest, which was founded in 1949, promotes La Crescent and its apple industry. Events kicked-off Thursday afternoon with the fest's Carnival, and the big event, the King Apple Parade, steps off this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Organizers say it's a great chance for people to just come together.

"It just brings us all together. Everybody has good times, we get to have some conversations. We're all so busy with work and life in general that sometimes we don't get the moments just to enjoy one another's company, and that can all happen down here with our families, with our friends, you name it,” said Applefest 2018 President Verissa Jonsgaard.

The festivities run now through Sunday. Buttons are $8 at the gate. For more information on the event, just head to

And what would Applefest be without its signature dish?    

The annual Apple Pie bake began Thursday morning at 7. Up to 60 volunteers at Crucifixion School in La Crescent made about 400 pies in total.

The past organizers, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, decided to take a year off from the responsibility, so the Crucifixion School stepped up.

"We work together as friends, as co-parishioners, as volunteers, and we're doing this because it's Applefest weekend and many people like to have an apple pie to serve guests,” said Apple Pie Baker Rosanne Buehler.

Money collected through the sales will go towards Crucifixion School's women's programs.

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