Savor Fall Flavor at Woodbine’s Applefest

Pick up this year’s crop of apples at Woodbine’s Applefest this Saturday. The western Iowa town promises a day of fun activities.

By Michael Morain
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs


Hardcore apple fans know that a Madison County farmer cultivated the Red Delicious in the 1870s. In the century and a half since, Iowans have elevated other varieties to a whole new level—in pastries, pies, slushies and sticky-smooth coats of caramel.


You’ll find them all at Applefest on Sept. 24 in Woodbine, on the edge of the Loess Hills. Every year since 1988, throngs of visitors pull into the recently designated Iowa Great Place for the festival’s craft fair, car and tractor show (one of Iowa’s largest), helicopter rides, historical talks, beer garden, live music, and, of course, bountiful apple goodness. Pumpkin-spice fans will just have to wait their turn.


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