It may still be summer, but fall is just around the corner! And nothing says “fall” better than a weekend at the Gays Mills Apple Festival.
Gays Mills Apple Festival
Held annually on the last weekend of September, the Gays Mills Apple Festival celebrates the apple harvest with two days of fun. Early apples are harvested in August, and the harvest continues through October, so the Gays Mills apple fest puts you smack-dab in the middle of fall fun! Plus, the Gays Mills apple orchards are some of the largest orchards around, so there’s lots to enjoy and explore at each orchard.
Come and enjoy some delicious apple-based foods, like apple pies (of course), apple ciders, apple pizza, caramel apples, apple cider doughnuts, and much more. It’s not all apples, either: you will have the opportunity to try lots of local food and drink, from coffee to burritos to taco salad to the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (with fresh apple sauce or apple syrup!).
What would a festival be without music? And the Gays Mills Apple Fest has it, from DJs to live music. Live music performances take place on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and praise and worship happens on Saturday night as well, at the Congregational Church. You’ll probably find some opportunities for dancing as well!
The Gays Mills Apple Festival is designed to be loved by all sorts of people and all ages! For you active folks, there are two and five mile runs, as well as a volleyball tournament. There’s even a kids’ fun run (1/4 mile). Your little ones will also enjoy the daily Kiddie Carnival. And you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the always-popular Gays Mills Parade. (A full schedule of events, including the Book Sale, the Horseshoe Tournament, and the Smoking Gun Showdown, can be found on the Gays Mills website.)
The flea markets at Gays Mills Apple Festival are a well loved way to spend the day! With a wide variety of items available, the flea market includes antiques, collectibles, rummage, and hand-made crafts. There’s also lots of apple products for sale, so you can take some memories home with you, as well as fun fall items, like gourds and corn and other plants.
Fall into Fall at Westby House Inn
By late September/early October, the leaves will be on full display in all their vibrant fall colors. And there’s no better place to enjoy the transition to fall than Westby House! The foliage is all around us, and the fun fall activities you love, like the Gays Mills Apple Festival, are close by. Our gourmet breakfast will start each day off right, and our comfortable, luxurious rooms will end each day right as well. Be sure to book your stay today, as fall is a popular time for visitors to the Driftless region. And for more suggestions and ideas on things to do during your stay, download our complimentary Vacation Guide. We hope to see you soon!