Over 85 booths of handmade craft items will
be available at the Fairgrounds. The items for sale include miniatures, various
wood items, basketry, jewelry, toys, furniture, dried flowers, sweatshirts,
dolls, ceramics, clay works, herbal pieces, quilting, carvings, and numerous
apple related crafts. Enjoy the pioneer costumes and decorations in side by
Some of the more interesting tradesmen from
the area will show case their skills in the dmonstration area next to
the Show Arena and in various locations throughout the grounds. See
spinning, mini-baler, quilting and more as it was done in the 1800's.
Also, watch the sheep shearing demonstration every half hour outside the Sheep
Barn. the demonstrations are a part of the Festival you won't want to miss.
The Open-Air Building
features pioneer as well as present-day demonstrators with products available
for you to purchase. Enjoy basket weaving, quilting, pottery making,
caricature drawing, and much more.
The Log Homestead
features only traditional craftsmen using period materials and tools to produce
their strictly authentic products. You will enjoy the period
demonstrations of rug hooking, wheat weaving, spinning, dulcimer making and more.
The Primitive area is an encampment of Mountain
Men, Indians, French & English Traders and other people that held a
rendevous time for the purpose of trading furs, leather, cloth, beads,
clothing, cooling utensils and other items. They enjoyed the celebration of
being together after the long winter. You will merchants in marquees,
blanket traders in lean-tos, lodges & tipis of the Indians. You can join in the selling,
trading and the making of the trade goods. Also
there scrimshaw items, knives, wood chests, chairs, tables, lanterns, clothing
and jewelry, and toys for the boys & girls, handmade leather bags, etc. The
blacksmiths will be set up in their area so you can watch them as they make
their wares. We will also be having contests during the day such as hawk &
knife throwing, skillet throws for the women, & cross-cut saw contest. Come
and enjoy the life of the 1840's with us.
Antiques and Collectibles
Antiques and collectibles from the area's finest
dealers are offered for sale in the Merchant's Building. Browse among a
wide selection of items from the past including glassware, dishware, ironware,
furniture, jewelry, millinery, table linens, quilted items, childhood
memorabila, paper goods, and primitives. The friendly, costumed dealers
may be able to locate just what you're looking for. There is something
old and different every year.
As the name implies, the Apple Festival will
feature a smorgasbord of dishes prepared with apples. No one will be left out
with all of our other tasty non-apple delicacies, many prepared over the open
fire in black iron kettles, over 100 in all. So, when you come, be sure to come
hungry. We guarantee you'll go home satisfied!
Scattered among the food vendor, you will find a
Farmer's Market with fresh fruits & vegetables, dried flowers and baskets.
Civil War Encampment
The 50th Virginia will be hosting a Civil War
living history encampment on the Fairgounds all weekend. Members of
different Federal units from the area will also be in attendance. The
area will include a museum tent with information about the Confederate flags
and the soldier's gear, talks about life during the War Between the States,
artillery demonstrations and military drills throughout the day. Bring
the family and learn about the life of a soldier in the 1860's.
A variety of contests are offered. Apple seed spitting and
frog flippin’ are held in the children’s area with cash prizes for the furthest flip and longest
distance for the seeds. A baking contest will be held on Saturday with all baked goods auctioned
after the winners are chosen. Join the Primitive Area for the tomahawk throw and skillet toss. Contact
the Kendallville park and Recreation Department for contest details.
"Raise a Ruckus"
East Noble High School Theatre and Vocal Music
Departments present an Apple Festival musical revue. This foot stomping
production, located in the Show Arena, turns back the clock to the days of
melodrama, vaudeville and good family fun and fetures Miss Indiana.
Pioneer Church Service
An 1800's style non-denominational service will be
held on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. in the Show Arena.
Foundation Children's Area
Kids won't be left out of the Festival Spirit. The
Children's area is located south of Ye Olde Floral Hall. Includes the following
Dekko Little Pioneer Stage
Rest your feet and sit for a while to enjoy the
fantastic entertainment in Floral Hall featuring storytellers, puppets and
Children's Pioneer Craft Village
This village area, underwritten by Dekko
Foundation, was created to entertain and educate children about crafts during
the 1800's. Children can participate in a variety of hands-oncrafts such
as tin punch, clay coil pots, corn shuck doll making, basket weaving and more.
This area includes games and activities sponsored
by non-profit organizations and individuals. Such activities include
candle making, monkey bridge and rope swings, a straw maze, pony rides, saw
dust scramble and a log roll! All this is located in the Children's Area
on the walkway.
Open Prairie Stage
This stage will provide a less formal, outdoor
setting for our entertainers, featuring storytellers and magicians.
The Settlers Roost
If you prefer a very informal atmosphere and a
close-up look at the performers, this stage, located in the Craft Building,
provides the opportunity.