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Nappanee Apple Festival Turns 45

Published: Friday, September 10, 2021

The 45th annual Nappanee Apple Festival resumes this year on Sept., 16-19. Beginning in 1975 as a one-block festival, this community of 7,000 now welcomes over 100,000 people to the three-and-a-half-day event.

Kicking off on Sept. 10 is the KOI dirt drags at 7 p.m., followed by the tractor and truck pull on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. The popularity and participation of this event has grown annually with seven classes of pulls including modified tractors. Admission is $10. Children 10 and under are admitted free and food concessions are available. This event is hosted in connection with Nappanee Power From the Past and will be held at the Power From the Past Showgrounds (1600 West Market St., Nappanee).

In 2016 and 2013 the Nappanee Apple Festival was chosen as No. 1 in the state of Indiana in the Top Ten Fall Festival Signature Food Items for its 7-foot apple pie. Over 800 slices are served to visitors from around the United States who travel to Nappanee to savor their annual piece of pie.

The festival showcases three stages of entertainment, over 150 exhibitors, carnival rides, parade with signature military aircraft fly-over, Miss Apple Blossom scholarship pageant, Power From the Past Antique Tractor and Engine Show, corn hole tournament, 5K road run, "Napple" baking contest, garden tractor pull, kids and adult pedal pull contests, Wings and Wheels show at Nappanee airport, apple peeling and pie-eating contests, and many more activities. Additionally, a baby changing, nursing mother's station is located downtown in the heart of the activity.

Headlining the entertainment will be The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team that begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, 2:30 p.m. in one of three free entertainment stages. Featured on the NBC hit reality competition series "America's Got Talent (season 8)," Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team performances include amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing.

The other two stages will offer music genres ranging from rock and roll to classic rock, folk, bluegrass, country, gospel and variety and kid's favorites including Mike Hem and ventriloquist, Silly Safaris and the Granpa Crachet Kids Show and Puppets.

There's plenty of apple favorites: pie, fritters, dumplings, turnovers, fry pies, bread, applesauce, cider and butter to devour during the festival or take home to enjoy later.

A complete list of entertainment, events and map can be downloaded from the 2021 Apple Festival Events brochure. Go to: Visit us on Facebook and Instagram (@napplefest).

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