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Apples, pumpkins and animals

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Carpenter Nature Center hosted many fall activities and entertainment during Apple Fest Oct. 8-9. The family-friendly event in Denmark Township had free hayrides, face painting, live music, apple tasting, opportunities to pick your own apples or pumpkins and more.

The Kids' Korner activities included the face painting, drawing and pumpkin decorating. A Straw Mountain, or a pile of hay, was nearby the kids' tent where many children jumped and ran around.

Live music entertained guests while they waited for the free hayrides that gave them a tour of the apple orchard. There were also animal presentations including presentations on turtles, frogs, snakes and raptors.

The apple tasting allowed guests to try samples of the various kinds of apples to see if they liked the sweeter flavor or a flavor that is more tart. Each type of apple was available for purchase and two kinds of apples were available for picking in the orchard. Guests could pick either Haralson or Regent apples or a combination of both.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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