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Gays Mills Fall Apple Festival

Gays Mills Apple FestivalEven before the official start of Fall, the changing of the seasons is evident in Driftless Wisconsin, and the anticipation of another autumn is in the air.  Before Fall we get to enjoy the crisp fall air, and brightly colored leaves.  It’s time to savor in the seasonal harvests and autumn celebrations.  One of the most anticipated of these fall celebrations is the Gays Mills Apple Festival, held every year in the nearby town of Gays Mills.  Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit Driftless Wisconsin.  Whether you plan to stay for a week or a weekend, there is no better choice for Driftless Wisconsin lodging than the Lonesome Hollow Homestead.

Gays Mills Apple Festival

Like most towns in Driftless Wisconsin, Gays Mills is a charming little town, nestled along the Kickapoo River in a beautiful valley, surrounded by the tall chiseled bluffs that define our region. Known as the apple capital of Wisconsin, the farmers of Gays Mills have been harvesting apples for centuries, and today the town boasts more than 1,000 acres of apple orchards.  Apples are celebrated each year in the Gays Mills Apple Festival, which on average has drawn crowds of around 20,000 guests to the town of 600.  Guests to the Apple Festival enjoy a range of activities, including a parade, a 2 and 5k run, lots of fun for families, a flea market, and of course plenty of apples to eat.

Gay Mills Apple FestivalKick off the fun of the Gays Mills Apple Festival with wristband night at the carnival, and music by The Lost Crows. Start your morning off right with the fun 2k or 5k walk/run, then head on down to see what you can find at the flea market or join in a horseshoe tournament.  Hopefully you’ve had plenty of fun throughout the Apple Festival weekend, but don’t forget to visit as many of the orchards that brought you here in the first place as you can.  Favorites include the 75 acres of apples and petting zoo at Fleming Orchards, the heritage and tradition at Sunrise Orchards, and the Turkey Ridge Organic Apple Orchard.  And finally, don’t miss out on the excitement and fun with the annual parade that travels from Main Street to Riverfront Park.  Get into the spirit of Driftless Wisconsin when you book your room with us at the Lonesome Hollow Homestead today.