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38th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival Integral Part of Fort Wayne History – and Fun!

From caramel apples to kettle corn, antique booths, homemade candles and woodworking to live reenactments. Welcome to the 38th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year’s event is September 15 and 16. There is no admission fee to this family friendly event.

This yearly fall event is a celebration of not only the session but of the legend of Johnny Appleseed, also known as John Chapman, who local historians say once traveled through the Midwest planting seeds to grow fruit-bearing apple trees in the early 1800’s, but also a celebrating of simpler times. A gravesite memorial for Johnny Appleseed also sits in Fort Wayne.

Activities include antique and primitive displays, a children’s area with authentic 1800s games, crafting booths, demonstrations and live entertainment. The festival also contains a farmer’s market, food booths, a military encampment and trapper and trader booths. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on location in Fort Wayne’s own Johnny Appleseed Park.

Make the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana part of your annual fall family fun today! Complete directions, along with accommodation options for overnight guests are also online. For the Johnny Appleseed fanatics ? check out future festival dates online, scheduled all the way through 2016! Find the Johnny Appleseed festival on Facebook too.

Consider pairing a trip to the Johnny Appleseed Festival with an overnight trip in Fort Wayne. Visit the Visit Fort Wayne website for itinerary guides and expert information on local attractions and dining.

Fort Wayne, Indiana is Northeast Indiana’s largest city. The Johnny Appleseed Festival was established in 1974 with about 20 vendors and today features closer to more than 200 booths and takes place during the third weekend of September annually. The festival is unique in that vendors are required to dress in 1800s period clothing and cook without modern conveniences – allowing for the most authentic feeling for both visitors and vendors alike. Many of the foods and trades featured at the festival are still popular in today’s society!

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Written by : Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband and half a dozen houseplants. Holly is also a regular contributor to the Visit Fort Wayne blog. Find her on Twitter @HFHammers and at