LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) - La Crescent's Applefest starts on Thursday, and organizers say this year is going to be better than ever.
One of the big changes this year is a new carnival company. In the past this was the go-to company for Applefest because they have bigger rides and more of them.
The company spent Tuesday at Abnet Field setting up games and rides.
"We lost them a while ago to some scheduling problems and we're just very excited to have them back," said Mary Lehrman, 2013 Applefest President. "As you can see they have brought in some good rides and some good concessions for us."
Other events include a 5k run/walk, live music, and the highlight for the festival, the King Apple Parade.
"We usually expect anywhere from 20-25 thousand people to attend between the grounds and all the other events we have going on," said Lehrman. "It brings in a lot of business into the area in a very short period of time."
The festival started in 1949 to promote La Crescent's apple industry. That makes 2013 the 65th year for the celebration.
More information on Applefest can be found at http://applefestusa.com/ .
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