On Saturday, Nov. 2, I had the privilege of representing Michigan Apples at Michigan State University’s (MSU) 38th Annual Autumnfest event, which is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Agriculture & Livestock. The tailgate was held at the MSU Pavilion, right before the big rivalry game against University of Michigan’s Wolverines (who we beat 29-6, Go Green!). Autumnfest is a place where Spartans can mingle with alumni, friends and clubs, while enjoying great food with some of Michigan’s finest agricultural industries.
During the event, I met new people, learned about new clubs on campus (e.g., I never knew MSU had a rodeo club!), and passed out free Michigan apples. I enjoyed speaking with people about their favorite varieties and the abundant crop we experienced this year. One person even shared with me that their apple tree at home was losing branches because there were too many apples for it to hold! I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the joyful expression in their eyes as they were telling me this story, and how happy they were about the bumper crop.
The apple varieties I passed out were Cortland, Jonagold, Gala and Fuji. Many people couldn’t believe how big and shiny the Cortland apples were, which is probably why it was the first variety to run out. The second most popular variety was Gala, then Fuji and Jonagold.
I was proud to be there representing Michigan Apples, and I’m happy to have met so many friendly people who wanted to share their Michigan apple stories with me.