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Happening Sunday: Applefest Blaster Battle



A Twin Cities nonprofit is firing off efforts in La Crescent to promote physical activity and address bullying prevention with an Applefest Blaster Battle Sunday in La Crescent.

Matt Nelson of Project My Neighborhood said they have had participants ages 2- to 80-years-old participate in the past.

“We work with a number of great organizations that anybody of any mental and physical disability can play in our games as well, so we make it a community event,” Nelson said. “What we do is we promote physical activity and we address bullying prevention through good psychology and teambuilding, so our events are designed that anybody can show up.”

Part of the event will include accepting donations to help fund their Toys for Tots event in La Crosse this November.

The battle is scheduled for after the Applefest King Apple Parade. The event is tentatively scheduled to start at 3 at the La Crescent High School Fields. Those who are interested are asked to bring nerf guns if you have them and eye protection. Darts will be provided.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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