Future Minded - Historically Proud
Historic Trempealeau County Fairgrounds in Galesville
(Always the First Saturday in 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 year our family event will be held at the Trempealeau County Fairgrounds on the first Saturday in October. Kicking off the annual event is breakfast served in the new Co-op Pavilion. The scrambled egg omelet is cooked in one of the biggest skillets you will ever see! It took 1,250 eggs, 30 pounds of ham, 10 cups of onions, 9 pounds of butter, 630 squares of 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 continues, the aroma wafting through the fairgrounds changes to the tempting smell of the Garden of Eden's famous 10-foot apple pie baking in its custom-made oven depicting the four seasons.
Orchards from the area set up stands where visitors can purchase apples and apple treats served by local growers. Apple pie, apple slices, caramel apples, Queen's Apple, apple cider, apple juice -- if it's apple, you will find it here.
In fairground buildings across from the Pavilion, artisans and crafters attract shoppers with everything from dollhouse miniatures to crocheted doilies to braided rugs to woodworking crafts and so much more.
Throughout the day and evening, music fills the air. Provided by area performers, the music is enjoyed by young and old alike. You can also find food from multiple vendors all day long!
The Apple Affair Bike Tour is a popular activity for the day. Hundreds of bicyclists spend most of the day touring the Galesville apple orchards and surrounding area. 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 tour has grown in popularity and some years, depending on the weather, more than 200 bicyclists have participated.
Other activities that day include shopping in our historic downtown district, a book sale at the Library, a Farmers and Artisans Market with live music and food on our award-winning Downtown Square and the back by popular demand Apple Derby on Beaver Creek.