|Thursday, Oct 23, 2008|
Thousands of visitors to Bayfield, Wisconsinâs, 47th annual Apple Festival were introduced to some of the meanings and the significance of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on October 4th and 5th.
Using the theme âStories for the Seventh Generation,â park staff organized a booth in downtown Bayfield and an entry in the Apple Fest parade to raise visitor awareness about the national lakeshore.
The Apple Fest booth featured a series of interactive exhibits to tell some of the stories of the Apostle Islands and also encourage visitors to share their own stories. The âFish Lipsâ exhibit challenged visitors to learn about five different species of fish by matching drawings of the fish with the appropriate mouth parts. âOjibwe Mad Libsâ offered an opportunity to sample a different language by using Ojibwe words to fill in the blanks and complete a story about hunting a deer. A photo exhibit of historical and present day island-based activities accompanied an opportunity for visitors to write down and share their own Apostle Islands experiences. Visitors closely inspected, touched, and listened to the sounds made by a tub full of âsinging sandsâ from the Julian Bay beach on Stockton Island. Finally, participants were able to picture themselves as park rangers by placing their heads through the openings in the parkâs âBe a Rangerâ banner. Nearly 700 visitors participated in some or all of these activities.
Park staff and volunteers also marched in the Annual Apple Fest parade on October 5th. The participants dressed as park rangers, junior rangers, volunteers, fishermen, hunters, kayakers, hikers, Native Americans, voyageurs, loggers, quarry workers, and lighthouse keepers to represent the variety of past and present uses for Apostle Islandsâ resources. This National Park Service entry in the parade was awarded a third place prize in the âorganizationsâ category. More than 20,000 people witnessed the parade on a beautiful day during the peak of fall color.