Though it was cloudy and gray, the festival musicians weren’t singing the blues.
At the annual Apple Festival from the entertainment to the food, every bite was going to making a difference.
The mission, to raise money for those seeking treatment at the Bismarck Cancer Center.
“We just feel like cancer affects everybody and we thought a fall festival is a great way to get the whole family involved,” Sara Kelsch, Bismarck Cancer Center says.
For the more than 1.5 million Americans who were diagnosed with cancer last year alone.
“Cancer has touched so many lives and all the money raised from this event goes back to helping our patients who are going through cancer with needed services to help them get through,” Kelsch says.
And turned apple cider, classic tunes, and a healthy slice of apple pie into a helping hand.
“It makes such a huge impact on the lives of our cancer patients,” Kelsch says.
And amidst the baked goods, and good music, one group of kids still managed to turn eating some apple pie into some home grown competition.
Six kids, including a cousin rivalry, ate their way though an apple pie each.
And amidst a close call, it was the youngest of the group, who came up with the win.
“I was hungry, ” Norah Klein, apple pie eating winner says.
And though that hunger — fueled a sweet victory — it may have come at a price —
“How do you feel about the win? Kind of happy, kind of sick,” Klein says.
But at the end of the day, Kelsch says, the festival means more than a weekend of fun.
“Everybody who’s out here has either had somebody go through the cancer center or just known somebody who’s been affected and they want to do their part in making a difference,” Kelsch says.
And the difference, Kelsch says, can start with a slice of apple pie.
Each contestant that participated in the apple pie eating contest went home with an apple pie.
All of the proceeds of today’s Apple Fest will go to help patients of the Bismarck Cancer Center.