More than 5,000 people took a bite out of Sunday's LeClaire Apple Fest.
There were apple- and pumpkin-themed bits of wonderful, children's activities, a display by the Quad-City Antique Car Club, and booths offering everything from apple-themed potables to grilled meats, arts and crafts, kettle corn and more.
“We come every year, there’s always lots to do, and it’s such a beautiful day today, we couldn’t not go,” said Holly Langill of Davenport.
“This is our first time here, and we’re really impressed,” said Christine Liesse, who drove down with her husband, Don, from LaSalle. “It’s a really quaint little town and there are a lot of neat shops and things to do.”
“It’s a wonderful event and we’re always happy to be a part of it,” said Bob Scannell, who served as mayor of LeClaire from 1982-90 and 2008-2016. “It’s always been great for our town. We get lots of people here and experiencing the beauty of the LeClaire levee and going to our various businesses.”
A wide variety of craft and gift items were on display, and downtown businesses offered specials and treats.
“This is always a good event,” said Felicia Southward, owner of Felicia’s Boutique, who was participating in her third fest. “The crowd is always great and you can’t beat the weather and all the delicious smells from all the kettle corn and apple crisps and everything.”
The LeClaire Lions Club has hosted the 27-year-old event for the past five years, with proceeds funding community groups from the fire and police departments to a $1,000 scholarship fund for a Pleasant Valley High School senior. Organizers were pleased with the turnout.
“You’ve got beautiful weather, a great crowd, you can’t get any better than this,” said Laurie Brasche, an organizer of the event. “It’s fantastic bringing the community together and doing something great for families. It’s an awesome way for families to have fun together.”