LIMA — The 25th Apple Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at the Allen County Farm Park.
“We have found a good mix of things that we have done in the past that we continue to do,” said Chris Fetzer, volunteer coordinator at Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.
The festival provides fun for the entire family, as there are a host of free things to do, and things that require a nominal fee.
“There is so much for families, especially young families, because there are so many free things for kids to do. We also get older people who come out with their grandchildren. It is very family oriented,” said Fetzer. “There are lots of photo opportunities for families. We have people come every year and take a photo so they can see how much their kids are growing.”
There are traditional skills in the big red barn with woodcarvers, quilters and rug weavers. In the cabin area there is more quilting, weavers and spinners. There are open fire cooking demonstrations. Apple butter can be purchased for $5 pint jar.
“The apple butter is made with no sugar added to it,” said Fetzer.
Saturday is an apple pie baking contest sponsored by Lee’s.
There are horse drawn wagon rides and tractor hayrides and they go back into the woods. There is a nominal fee for these rides.
“In the woods we have pioneer re-enactors set up with their camp back there,” Fetzer said. “And our maintenance guy will build a giant straw bale pyramid. The kids have so much fun on that.”
There are animals present too.
“We have barnyard animals to pet and feed and pony rides,” said Fetzer. “We have lots of free entertainment, and a lot of things that require just a nominal fee.”
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