Updated 10/07/2006 09:54 PM
Food and fun at LaFayette's 34th annual Apple Festival
On one of the most beautiful fall days of the year, thousands traveled to LaFayette for the 34th annual Apple Festival spread over 250 acres of land.
"Love it! We've been to the car three times and trying to think what we can get on the plane with us," Texas residents Donna Gudat and Joyce Niederhaus said.
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Organizers pride themselves on making the event family oriented with crafts, games, and all the food you could ask for.
"The food is scrumptious, and the vendors are so nice. We love it here," Auburn resident Mary Lou Hamlin said.
A trip to the Apple Fest would not be complete until you visit the folks from St. Joseph's Church in LaFayette. They're the ones who make the famous apple fritters.
"They taste like donuts with cinnamon and sugar on them. They're hot. They're just great on a day like today," fritter volunteer Jim Quartier said.
The church doesn't have an exact count of how many fritters are sold, but they said by the end of the weekend, they'll go through 160 bushels of apples. To meet the demand of long lines, more than 150 volunteers pitch in.
First, the apples are peeled, cored, and sliced. Next, they're dunked in batter comprised of…
"Donut dough, nutmeg, and cinnamon blend we have.''
The slices hit the fryer for about seven minutes before receiving the finishing touch.
"They just love them. Some people come just for them," Jim Quartier said.
The festival ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday. By close, more than 6,100 pies will have been sold.