Can you hear the cloggers dancing? Smell the scent of barbecue or caramel corn? Hear the report of that canon, which always seems to roar just when you least expect it? The past is new again this weekend at the Johnny Appleseed Festival.
The 43rd festival is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Bridget Kelly, director of administration for the festival, said there will be over 200 vendors at the park this year: 40 food vendors, 110 craft vendors, and more.
Visitors to the festival are invited to park for free in either the IPFW or Concordia Lutheran High School parking lots. These are on the east side of the river, across the water from the Johnny Appleseed Festival. A free shuttle bus transports festival visitors from the parking lots to the festival. Festival parking in Memorial Coliseum lots is available for $5 per car.
Last year, Kelly said attendance was down somewhat due to a “pretty severe rain event on Saturday.” But even daunting weather doesn't scare away all the visitors. Last year, the Festival still pulled in about 170,000 guests. And with the forecast this year – sunny days, with highs in the low 80s – the number of visitors could certainly rebound.
Bicyclists are welcome; bike racks will be set up so that they don't have to wheel their bikes everywhere.
Kelly said that this year, the Festival organizers wanted to put a special emphasis on hurricane relief. To that end, they will have a donation barrel set up outside the information tent. “We're going to give (collected money) to the Red Cross,” she explained, “with the idea that it will be earmarked for hurricane relief.”
Johnny Appleseed Festival
What: 43rd Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival
Where: Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park, 1500 Coliseum Blvd. E.
When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday
Information: Check out http://www.johnnyappleseedfest.com/ or call 260-427-6003