Apple Holler Hosts Fundraiser for Devastating Five-Alarm Fire

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STURTEVANT, WI –  Apple Holler will be hosting a meaningful fundraiser to help a long-time employee throughout March. When guests purchase a 5-inch apple pie, 50% of the sale will go to manager Gail Knapp and her family to support the rebuild of what they lost in a devastating barn fire.

“We have horses and barns and I can’t imagine losing everything, let alone in the middle of winter” Apple Holler owner Dave Flannery said. “Gail has worked with us for almost ten years, so we immediately knew we wanted to do something to support her.”

On the early morning of December 5th, the Knapp’s horse barn and two car garage caught fire. The gusty winds produced strong enough flames to make it a five-alarm fire classification, which led to complete destruction of both buildings.

Firefighters rushed to the scene from Raymond, Wind Lake, Union Grove, Yorkville, Kansasville and South Shore. It took five hours for the departments to put the fire out.

devastating barn fireThe horses stayed safe, as they were not in the barn the evening of the fire. But between the repairs and equipment lost, the Knapp’s lost more than $150,000 and 27 years’ worth of memories. Though there is devastation and heartbreak, Gail and her family are in good spirits due to the support they’ve received.

“We always hear the bad going on in the news, but we have seen so much good throughout this difficult time,” Gail said. “We can’t thank people enough for reassuring us that we’re going to be alright.”

Apple Holler invites the community to be part of this special fundraiser in March. You can purchase and enjoy an award-winning 5” apple pie and know it’s making a difference for the Knapp family. Pies are sold during business hours. Apple Holler is open Sunday (8 am to 3 pm), Monday through Thursday (9 am to 3 pm), Friday (8 am to 8 pm) and Saturday (8 am to 7 pm). You may also order pies in advance by calling (262) 884-7100.  A gofundme page has been set up If you are unable to make it out to Apple Holler for the Pie Fundraiser and would love to help the Knapp Family.

About Apple Holler Family Farm and Red Barn Restaurant:
Apple Holler is located between Milwaukee and Chicago, off I-94 on Sylvania Avenue (the west frontage road), just north of the highway KR exit (#337) in Sturtevant, WI. Apple Holler is a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, orchard, and family farm, with pick your own apples, peaches, pears, and pumpkins. Visitors can enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including: orchard and farm tours, children’s shows, school field trips, hayrides, sleigh rides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. Apple Holler is a perfect indoor/outdoor wedding venue and agritourism destination. Call (262) 884-7100, or visit

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