31st Annual Event
October 5, 2013
(Always the First Saturday of October!)
Galesville's Apple Affair is a major event in Trempealeau County. Beginning in 1983 as part of Wisconsin's effort to promote the state's apple orchards, Apple Affair draws people from throughout the region.
This family event is held on the square in downtown Galesville the first Saturday in October. Kicking off the annual event is breakfast which is served in the Big Tent on the Square. The scrambled omelet is cooked in one of the biggest skillets you'll ever see! It took 1,250 eggs, 30 pounds of ham, 10 cups of onions, 9 pounds of butter, 630 squares of apple coffee cake, 22 gallons of apple juice, 21 loaves of bread and 1,200 cups of coffee to feed the 630 people who attended the first event. Since then, attendance numbers in the thousands.
As the day wears on, the aroma wafting from the square changes to the smell of bratwurst cooking on the outdoor grill. In another big tent, Galesville's famous 10-foot apple pie tempts the taste buds as it bakes.
Orchards from the area set up stands on the square where visitors can purchase apples and apple treats served up by local growers. Apple pie, apple slices, caramel apples, Queen's Apple, apple cider, apple juice -- if it's apple, you'll find it here.
In the parking lot across from the square, artisans and crafters attract shoppers with everything from dollhouse miniatures to crocheted doilies to braided rugs to woodworking crafts.
Throughout the day, music from the big tent permeates the air. Provided by area bands, the music is enjoyed by young and old alike.
Bike tours are a popular event on the Apple Affair roster. Hundreds of bicyclists spend most of the day touring Galesville's apple orchards on their bicycles. The scenery of this "Garden of Eden" is spectacular and the event is a perfect family affair. The first Apple Affair attracted 42 bicyclists who rode the 28.7 mile loop from downtown Galesville through the orchards. The bike tours grew in popularity and some years, depending on weather, more than 700 bicyclists participated.
To find out more about this year's ride, go to www.appleaffairbiketour.com
Other activities that day include the Trempealeau County Color Cruise, an Open House at A.A. Arnold House and at Old Main. In 2013, you will again have the opportunity to meet some of Galesville's most notable residents portrayed by local actors during the Cemetery Walk at Pine Cliff Cemetery. Free shuttle buses leave the downtown area regularly to take tour groups to the Eastside homestead or Old Main.