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The Thiensville-Mequon Lions Club wants you to pick its Applefest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 in Thiensville Village Park off the Milwaukee River.

Featuring live music by the Brewhaus Polka Kings as well as various iterations of apples -- fresh apples, apple pie, caramel apples, apple ice cream, apple cider, apple wine, apple brats, and other treats -- the event is sure to harvest a crowd.

"Applefest is a celebration of the autumn harvest and Ozaukee County's apple heritage," according to a news release on the event.

Those in attendance can take hay rides, barrel rides, or check out the "spudmobile," an educational exhibit from the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.  An "Operation Lifesaver" exhibit will also be set up.  Additionally, a performance by the Kohl's Wild Theatre will be offered, an apple pie baking contest will be held, as well as a coloring contest, polka contest, and big wheel racing.  Other activities include a bounce house for kids and face painting.

Jim Doornek of the Thiensville-Mequon Lions said they learned in their first year the festival was more popular than they had expected as they sold out of most of their food.  He attributed the success to good weather as well as advertising the event well.

"I think people like to get outdoors when the weather is nice and enjoy these community festivals," Doornek said.

This year they added a few activities such as the bounce house and Kohls Wild Theater as well as more vendors.  They also brought back popular activities such as the coloring contest and a donut eating contest.  Last year, they gave about 700 rides with the $1 charge returning this year for rides.  The event itself is free, however.

"We have quite a few things added this year," Doornek said.

He said the event is family-oriented, calling it "a good place to bring your kids."

The event was created by a couple club members who decided an event should be held in fall to complement LionFest in June.  Doornek said there are other apple fests but nothing nearby.

The Thiensville-Mequon Lions will also be collecting non-perishable food items for their fall food drive to benefit Family Sharing of Ozaukee County.

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