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Poynette, WI 53955

Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

2012 Apple Palooza – Final Schedule

apple postcard 2012Happy Saturday night everyone!  I hope you’re as excited about all the fun we have planned for you all tomorrow – the last day the apple store will be open for the season.  Miraculously we still have some cider left from Thursday nights pressing.  We also have Cortland's, Idareds, caramel apples, apple cider donuts, canned goods, honey, maple syrup, pumpkins, squash, hand crafted items, vintage goods, and more.  While you’re doing your final stock up for the year be sure to enjoy some of the special fun we have planned. 







Below is the final schedule for the day:

10:00—Store Opens for Business
10:30—***CANCELED**** Old Fashion Cider Pressing Demo – sorry not enough apples left!
12:00—Hard Cider Info Booth Opens until 3:00
11:30—Rock ‘N’ Wool Acres: A Wisconsin Winery Arrives
12:30—***CANCELED**** Old Fashion Cider Pressing Demo – sorry not enough apples left!
12:45—Deadline for Contest Pies & Carved Pumpkins to be Delivered
1:00—Viewing of the Apple Pies
1:30—Apple Pie Contest Judging Starts
1:30 – Voting starts for the Carved Pumpkins
2:30—***CANCELED**** Old Fashion Cider Pressing Demo – sorry not enough apples left!
2:45 – Pumpkin voting ends
3:00—Hard Cider Info Booth Closes
3:00- approximate time pies will be cut and served - $1/slice and 100% of the proceeds will go to the PAD Parent Club to use for the new playground for the Poynette School District
3:15ish  ***Pending judging is complete by 3:00 – announcing of the pie winners and the carved pumpkin contest
5:00—Store Closes

Let’s take a closer look at the main events:

Apple Pie Baking Contest

Apple Pies for the 2011 Apple-Palooza Apple Pie Baking Contest at Lapacek's Orchard!
Last year we held our very first pie contest and it went unbelievably well - 20 pies!– so we’re going to be holding it again!

IMG_0795This morning my two amazing sitters – Josie and Sam, patiently helped the girls each put together an apple pie for the contest! IMG_0797I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that they get to enjoy some of the fun that I come up with!  AND I’m so so so happy to have willing and able sitters to help them do so!

If you ware interested in baking a pie for the contest please send me an email: {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with your name and pie baking story (if you have one – if you don’t have a story, no worries). Plan on arriving at the orchard by 12:45pm with your pie. Pie viewing and photo’s will take place at 1:00pm and judging will start at 1:30pm.
Once judging is complete - I'm guessing around 3:00ish... we'll be cutting all the pies up into slices and selling them for $1 a slice.  100% of the money made from the apple pie slice sales will go to the PAD Parent Group towards the new playground in the Poynette School District.

We have LOTS of prizes this year!

The pies are going to be split into two (or three if needed) groupings of judges – the top two from each grouping will go to the ‘Final Round’ where three judges – Becky, Bob, and Pat will decide which one is the winner.

The WINNER of the pie contest will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Food Fight Restaurant Group, an apple peeler/corer/slicer from Lapacek’s Orchard (or $20 to the shop if you already have one), a cooking gift box from Penzey’s Spices, an Apple Pie Soy Candle from CJ’s Eco Chic, AND newly added – a hug from Cedi, Capri and possibly, Pip (depending on her mood).

Depending on how many groupings we need to split the pies into there will be either three or four top pies.

If there are three top pies the two runner’s up will get the following prizes:

$20 to the Food Fight Restaurant Group, an apple corer/slicer from Lapacek’s Orchard and $10 to use at Lapacek’s Orchard, cinnamon from Penzey’s Spices, and an Apple Pie Soy Candle in a Tin from CJ’s Eco Chic

If there are four top pies – the three runner’s up will receive the above prizes except we’ll be drawing for the $20 gift certificates – the third person drawn will get $10 to Food Fight Restaurant Group.

Just for coming with a pie to the contest you’ll be entered into the random drawing for prizes.  And do we have a lot of them!

More details on prizes, judges, criteria - see THIS POST!


**CANCELED*** Old-Fashioned Cider Pressing Demo*:

“Come Squeeze Our Apples”

Sorry we can’t do this this year – our apple supply is almost completely gone.  We just don’t have enough for this demonstration but hope to bring it back to Apple-Palooza in future years.




Rock ‘N’ Wool Acres: A Wisconsin Winery – How & Why

Our cousin, Shaun Lapacek, will be giving a talk about the winery he and his father are building in Poynette –Rock N Wool Acres. His talk will focus on three things:
  1. Starting a winery
  2. Creating a vineyard
  3. Why a winery in Wisconsin?


Hard Apple Cider Booth

Our good friend Jay Walters will have a booth set up from NOON - 3pm to talk about and answer all your questions on how to make hard cider. Jay has been doing this for years and we’ve helped drink and enjoy many of his products – this guy knows what he’s talking about.


The Line-up
photo by meliroo on flickr
Last year we discovered that there’s quite a bit of standing around while the pies get judged.  We had 20 pies last year – I’m hoping for 40 this year so we need something to do to fill in that time for all the observers/bakers.  We’re going to have a ‘Carved Pumpkin Contest’.  People of all ages can bring their carved pumpkin – anytime before 12:45, put it on display and then we’ll all walk by and vote for our personal favorite!  I’ll have a prize for the best carved pumpkin – $15 to use at the apple orchard shop.  If you come in costume – you’ll get a treat!  (My biggest sadness about living in the country is that no one trick-or-treats out here…we go and steal a neighborhood so my kids can though…). 


IMG_0828Our family carved our pumpkins today.  This is the first time we’ve had time to carve pumpkins!  It was great fun and the girls really enjoyed themselves (Capri’s pumpkin (far left) has four faces – I guess she can then rotate it when she wants to change her mood…)


***NEW*** – Squash Taste Tests

photo by Michelle Cross Photography

Since we aren’t able to do the Old Fashioned Cider Pressing Demo’s we’ve decided to cook up some different squash so you can taste it and decide which variety you like best – or if you like them all!


As you can see – our last day is FULL of fun things to do at the orchard! We’ll also have a bean bag game set up and other fun extra games to do as we wait for the judges to complete their tasting. 

Even though this is the last day the store will be opening I want to make sure you know that we will RE-OPEN for the Hand Crafted Hoedown for the Holiday’s on November 16th and 17th!


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