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An appetite for apples

Contestants in an apple pie eating con-test Saturday had fun getting to the bottom of things at Carlos Creek Win-ery’s Applefest. They included (left to right) Shannon Hanson, her daughter, Anna Hanson, and the winner, Dr. Anna Weber. They’re all from Alexandria. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)2 / 4
Bill Seykora of Alexandria demonstrated how to carve a scary creature out of a pumpkin Saturday during Applefest. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)3 / 4
A variety of colorful and historical quilts were displayed in Luther Crest’s Quilts for Camp Extravaganza at Applefest. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)4 / 4

Apples took center stage at the Carlos Creek Winery Saturday.

They were on trees, on sale, in wines, in pies and in cider.

It was the sixth annual Applefest – an outdoor family friendly festival celebrating the end of the apple harvest.

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A wintry nip in the blustery air may have bit into attendance but a steady flow of people still made the most of the fun, free event.

Festivities included a catapult contest, pumpkin carving demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, pie eating contests, free cider and cookies, and outdoor games.

The Derelicts and Patchouli provided live music.

Fresh apples, wine, beer and food were on sale.

Luther Crest also held its 24th annual Quilts for Camp Extravaganza inside the winery’s barn, offering quilt viewing (one quilt from the 1890s carried a price tag of $1,500), a silent auction and artisan crafts.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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