Apple Affair set for Saturday in Galesville

The annual Apple Affair kicks off Saturday in downtown Galesville.

Starting in 1983 as a way to promote the area’s apple orchards , the festival has grown to become much more than apples. The day will start with a giant omelet containing more than 1,200 eggs and 30 pounds of ham. Thousands of brats and hot dogs will also be grilled for lunch, before a 10 foot apple pie is served for dessert.

Organizers say it’s a great way to spend a day with the family.

“It’s a fun, family-oriented celebration, it’s like I said alcohol-free, so if you don’t want to be somewhere where the kids are exposed to that, this would be the place to be,” said Renee Brenengen, event coordinator for the affair.

As part of the Apple Affair, nearly 20 volunteers from three churches in the Galesville area baked some conventional-sized pies. They’re hoping to make about 125 pies, which will be sold for $9 apiece with all proceeds going back to the churches.

“We divide it up equally between the three churches for the women,” said Brenengen. “Whatever project we might be involved with, we use the money for whatever we decide we need to use it for.”

The volunteers say the pies sell out quickly,  so you’ll have to get to Galesville before noon if you want one. As for the what makes the pies so special, that’s still up for debate.

“Well, I don’t know, I guess we put a little love in them, you know,” said Brenengen.

The Apple Affair runs from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.