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Door County tourism officials welcome Autumn visitors

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STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ) - As Fall arrives in full force this weekend, so does tourism dollars flowing into Door County.

Autumn means leaves changing color and more green for area businesses.

At the farmer's market in Sturgeon Bay, growers say they're overflowing with an unexpected boom crop of apples.

“We had a big crop. We didn't think it was going to be. But when they were ready to pick, there were so many that we didn't know what to do with,” Ralph Uecker, who has an orchard with 20 trees in Forestville, tells FOX 11.

The homegrown favorites like apples and pumpkins help draw tourists in.

"It's great to see all the food items, like the apple orchards are picking apples right now, and just all these fall festivals right now. It's beautiful,” John Werder, visiting from Minneapolis, tells FOX 11.

Whether found down on the farm or celebrating in the city, folks are flocking to Door County to see what fall has to offer.

"It's beautiful to look at, and the leaves are an accent. Great shopping, great restaurants too. There's just a lot to do,” said Todd Trimberger, the Executive Director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.

The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center helped put on the Harvest Moon Festival on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday. With different fall festivals in towns across the peninsula each weekend in autumn, tourism officials say plenty of people are stopping by seeing what all the buzz is about.

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