Johnny Appleseed Festival
Johnny Appleseed Park, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Johnny Appleseed Festival Fort Wayne Reviews
Food, People, More Food, Antiques and Frontier Reenactors, not to mention more food. Sep 29, 2008
Apples, people, pioneer reenactors, antiques, history, entertainment, and plenty to eat...
The Johnny Appleseed Festival is a family-friendly, celebration of one of the great guys in American history. John Chapman, aka, Johnny Appleseed was a friend of everyone, including the bees, the local Miamis, the settlers, the bears and the palate. He spread the word of the Lord along with apple tree saplings throughout the Midwest, but especially around the Fort Wayne area. Fort Wayne at the time was actually a fort and he was a welcome visitor to the scattered settlers bringing news and seeds and saplings.
So, each fall, Fort Wayne celebrates one of its favorite sons with a two day festival on a pioneer theme. Pioneers around here are circa 1820-1830 or so. There are deviations; a few Civil War re-enactors join in, Scots bagpipe bands turn up, cloggers, too. So, it is a bit out of whack, but the food is excellent (prepared in the various non-profit kitchens of the city...it is a grand fund raiser for schools and clubs and societies), the music is stirring, the antiques are treasures and people watching is excellent.
The festival starts early on a Saturday in mid-September and goes to early evening. Same thing Sunday. Parking is available at the Coliseum where hundreds of spaces front the festival grounds. There are also plenty of spaces at the adjacent Fort Wayne Turners Club grounds where food and drink are also available. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is not far from a series of exits on I-69, and there are many motels in the area. Food at the festival can be bought by the plate or one course at a time, ranging from roasted and barbecue items to ears of corn, fritters, cobbler, bowls of hearty soups and stews...it goes on and on and on. There is also plenty of boths selling handmade items from soaps to fireplace tools. Apples and flowers and dried herbs abound.
It is a charming festival, clean, cheap, friendly and set in a lovely grove of old-stand trees along the St. Joe River. Johnny was a great guy and the festival is about as nice as you can get.
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