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With Applefest approaching, Labor Day weekend was high time to name a new Apple Annie. Diane Abnet was crowned Friday, Aug. 30, at the Annies’ annual cabaret show at the La Crescent Area Event Center.

Applefest 2019 kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Applefest grounds, otherwise known as Abnet Field, on the 1200 block of Spruce Drive in south La Crescent.

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Festival highlights include the Tapping of the Red Apple Keg (7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20), 24th Applefest Run to the Edge Scenic 5K (8:30 a.m. race start, Saturday, Sept. 21), Applefest Parade (11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21) and the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast (7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 22). There will also be a carnival, orchard tours, live music and more.

For more information and a complete schedule, go to applefestusa.com. For 5K information and registration, go to applefestscenic5k.com.

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