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La Crescent excited Applefest is back, beginning Thursday

All of our favorites are back this year and Applefest is adding more kid friendly activities for 2021

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Applefest is ready for another year. The La Crescent festival officially kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Applefest board member Mandi Lenser told Classic Hits 94.7 they’re excited the fest is going to be going on as normal.

The only event they changed was to cancel the Senior Citizen Luncheon, because they are more vulnerable population.

The Tapping of the Red Apple Keg takes place at 7 p.m. Friday. There will be live music in the King Apple Tent Thursday-Sunday.

“We do have more kid friendly events down at the fairgrounds on Saturday (and) we’re going to have face painting and blue animals and glitter tattoos,” Lenser said.

At 11 a.m. Saturday is the Kiddie parade, as well as the Applefest Run to the Edge Scenic 5K, Chalk Fest at the high school from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., next to the Flea Market and Arts and Crafts Fair.

The La Crescent Historical Society has self guided tours on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the Coronation is 7 p.m. Saturday night at the high school.

Sunday is the King Apple Parade. Lenser said the parade will follow the normal route as usual, “and I know that that’s something that everyone is looking forward to.”

Lenser added her favorite thing about Applefest would be the parade but the entire fest is “almost like a reunion of sorts. Everyone comes back into town and gets to see each other.”

Buttons can be purchased at local La Crescent establishments for $7 before 4 p.m. Thursday. They then go up to $10. Wristbands for the carnival are $18 until 4 p.m. Thursday and $20 at the fest.

Check out the full schedule of Applefest events here.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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