Galesville

Galesville, Wisconsin is 20 miles north of La Crosse, Wisconsin and is centered in the Coulee Region of the Mississippi River Valley. The city rests among some of the most intriguing landscapes, including rolling hills, towering cliffs, forests, and spring-fed streams.

Galesville is known for its ever-popular annual event, the Apple Affair, hosted the first Saturday in October, It As one of the most highlighted events in Trempealeau County and the surrounding area, the Apple Affair began in 1983 as part of Wisconsin’s efforts to promote the state’s apple orchards.

With attendance each year now in the thousands, the festivities for the Apple Affair are located in the Square in downtown Galesville and includes an enormous breakfast, figuratively and literally. An extraordinary scrambled egg omelet consisting of 1,250 eggs, 30 pounds of ham, 10 cups of onions, and 9 pounds of butter is made and served the first year along with 630 squares of coffee cake, 22 gallons of apple juice, 21 loaves of bread, and 1,200 cups of coffee — serving roughly 630 the first year attempted.

Breakfast isn’t the only big feat at the Apple Affair. Also included is everything apple, form the famous 10-foot apple pie, to apple slices, caramel apples, Queen’s Apple, apple cider, apple juice, and even just a plain apple for those who seek it. An abundance of artists and crafters also show up for the event.

Another component of the Apple Affair is the bike tour. Hundreds of bicyclists spend the day touring Galesville apple orchards and the surrounding area, choosing a 6, 12, 35, 55, or 72-mile trek. More than 700 bicyclists are known to participate in a given year.

Also popular in Trempealeau County are the other scenic small towns and rural farmlands. The quaint shops and historic buildings offer great opportunities for shoppers.

Visitors on a budget can enjoy no-cost attractions, including the swinging bridge in Galesville, Avenue of Heroes (Soldier’s Walk) in Arcadia, and viewing the Mississippi River barges from the observation deck at Lock & Dam #6 in Trempealeau. Also, most towns in the county are abound with farmers markets and their own unique festivals.

During the spring, summer, and autumn months, bikers can ride on the nation’s largest connected bicycle loop system, and in the colder months, winter lovers will not forget the county’s 200 mile snowmobile trail system, ice fishing holes, snowshoeing paths, and cross country skiing routes.

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