- Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
Amish AcresArts & Crafts Festival, held the first weekend weekendin August, Thursday through Sunday, July 31st through August 3rd, 2008 in Nappanee, IN, celebrates its 46th yearin 2008. It features 350 artists and craftsmen in a marketplacesurrounding the farm's pond. Over $10,000 in cash prizes are awarded winners in twelve categories. Four full days of entertainmenton four stages, musical theatre, guided tours, wagonrides, and popular awards highlight the event. The festival is one of the American Bus Association's Top 100 Events in North Americain 2003, 2006, plus 2008 and the 7th Best Traditional Crafts Festival in the United Statesaccording to " Sunshine Artist" magazine. Over 70,000 visitors attend the event.
The festival began in 1962 in front of the Pletcher Furniture Village in downtown Nappanee as part of a sidewalk days celebration. Watercolors painted by local students in the park department's summer arts program were hung on clotheslines between the pilars of the store. The event quickly grew to include artists and craftsmen displaying and selling their wares in booths. The event soon spread to several blocks and alleys surrounding the furniture store. Visitors soon demanded Amish related products including smoked hams, jams, jellies, and baked goods. A converted school bus was used to tour the surrounding countryside. The Pletcher family founded Amish Acres in 1968 partly from this market study in miniature. The festival was moved to the historic farm in 1971 and rapidly expanded to surround the farm's pond.
* [http://www.amishacres.com/acfestival/acfestival.html Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival]
* [http://www.amishacres.com Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort] - Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
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