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La Crescent, Minnesota’s Annual Applefest Offering Applefest in a Box!

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La Crescent Applefest is now offering an Applefest in a Box! Though the in-person festival has been modified to accommodate smaller events, the La Crescent Festival is asking for support through purchasing the Applefest Box.

The $50 package includes:    

– 2 commemorative Applefest buttons
– 2 commemorative can koozies
– Bag of candy
– 3 pounds of Van Lin Orchard Apples

Choice of: 

– Hard Fest Cider (Hoch Orchard, 64 oz growler)
– Appleweizen (PSB, 64 oz growler)
– Shitty Lyte Beer (PSB, 12 pk)
– Purple Reign (Hoch Orchard, 8 pk)

Additional choices of beverages can be purchased for $20.00. Pre-order only, through Sports Hub Bar & Grill by calling (507) 895-2715 or order online here.

Deadline to order is Sunday, September 13th.  Pick up at the Sports Hub Bar & Grill on Friday, September 18th from 3:30-8pm.

Applefest is one of the oldest festivals in the Coulee Region, dating back to 1949. Applefest was created to celebrate the community of La Crescent, and promote the apple industry. The tradition remains strong, even now. Though the festival has been modified to not include the major crowd gathering events, the board of directors has chosen to continue to reach out to the community through smaller events, in safe settings. It was important to the Board of Directors during this time of social distancing, that the community does not isolate itself from families, friends, neighbors, and area communities.

Without the support of the La Crescent area, and the Coulee Region community, Applefest would not be able to provide fun and  friendly entertainment for all ages year after year. In addition, scholarships are awarded through the Royalty program. In an effort to continue this tradition, even through a pandemic, the board asks once again for the community’s support through the purchase of a “Fest in a box”. Goodies for all ages are included. Many of the items in the box are sourced from locally owned businesses.

What: Applefest in  a Box

Pick Up: Sports Hub Bar & Grill – Friday, September 18th from 3:30-8pm.

When: Deadline to order is Sunday, September 13th

Cost: $50 package – Order Online

About Applefest 

Applefest is coordinated by a fully volunteer Board of Directors. Responsible for everything: from making decisions, participating in parades, running (and working) all of the Applefest events, as well as representing the La Crescent area at festivals both far and wide. In the past, members of the Applefest Court and/or members of the Board of Directors have participated in festivals in South Dakota, Canada, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. All travel expenses are privately funded, allowing all proceeds to remain within our local communities.

Applefest Kicks Off Button Sales August 15, 2019

La Crescent Applefest is kicking off its button sale Thursday,  August 15 at Pearl Street Brewery, events include Apple Smash Games, the 2019 release of Hoch Orchards Cider, music by Reptile House and a performance by the Apple Annies. The new Applefest Button will also be released for the September festival and they are on presale for only $5.00. 

Pearl Street Brewery has been brewing its seasonal Official Applefest Appleweizen for the festival every fall, partnering their hefeweizen wheat ale with local, organic apples from Van Lin Orchards from La Crescent, in the “Apple Capital of Minnesota.” This combination creates a one-of-a-kind, tangy salute to the Autumn Apple harvest (5.5% ABV 6 IBUs). 


La Crescent Applefest Button Kick Off


Pearl Street Brewery – 1401 Saint Andrew Street 

La Crosse, WI 54603


Thursday, August 15 | 6pm-9pm 


Free To Attend | Buttons $5.00 / $7.00 After 

About Applefest

The La Crescent Apple Festival was founded in September 1949 by Ralph Jones and Mel Hickenbotham, with the purpose of promoting La Crescent, its apple industry, and “putting La Crescent on the map”. Apple Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. Board members donate their time and pay their own expenses. Profits made from the festival is given back to the community for various projects. The Apple Festival, Inc. was instrumental in the building of the swimming pool and the youth hockey warming house. They have purchased beepers for the fire department, playground equipment, build a tennis court, and numerous other projects.

Things to Know about Applefest Appleweizen

The locals enjoy it so much, they made it the official beer of Applefest!

Apple Festing

Every September for the last 70 years, everybody gets together for a big parade with dozens of floats and marching, baton-twirling kids who stomp down to Abnet field next to the La Crescent Middle/High School to kick off Applefest.

If you listen you can hear the Apple Annies singing acapella and when you see them, you might be lucky enough to have your cheek adorned with an apple sticker or your t-shirt with an Applefest button. There’s a carnival, a cornhole tourney, a 5K run/walk, there are orchard tours, apple pie, a coronation of the new Royal Family and a beer tent with non-stop activities. This is where the tapping of the infamous, “Red Apple Keg” takes place.

Collaboration Across Borders

Celebrating generations of apple-farming, we call this a beer without borders as it brings cross-river neighbors from two different states together for a little hootin’ and hollerin’.

Like a marriage made in heaven, the Applefest Appleweizen is a marriage of fresh, light Wisconsin wheat ale and local, fresh-squeezed Minnesota Apples!

La Crescent, MN is right across the Mighty Miss from our brewery and La Crescent is surrounded by family-operated apple orchards. That’s why it’s known as The Apple Capital of Minnesota!

The Apples

Of all the apple varieties grown around here, Brewmaster Joe chose Honeycrisp apples because they are so darn good. We also like the fact that they are a Minnesota native! Honeycrisps are one of nine apple cultivars initially cultivated by the University of Minnesota that have become commercial varieties.

Patented in 1988 and released to the public in 1991, this apple wasn’t bred to grow, store or ship well. It was bred for taste: crisp, with balanced sweetness and acidity. That’s why we love ‘em. Local Honeycrisp apples are hand-harvested each Fall from one of the orchards just a few miles from our brewery and pressed into the freshest, most delicious juice you’ve ever had.

The Beer

Wheat beer brewed with Wisconsin barley and wheat malts. Fermented with a specific yeast for a pronounced estery aroma often found in Bavarian wheat beers and LAB for a fresh tanginess.

Seasonal Fall Release – 5.5% ABV 6 IBUs