Amish Acres gears up for 52nd annual arts and crafts festival

The jam-packed event brings in nearly 60,000 visitors each year.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:11 p.m.

The upcoming 52nd Annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival will feature hundreds of artists, traditional Amish food and nonstop entertainment.

The festival lasts from Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, August 3, on the grounds of Amish Acres, 1600 W. Market Street in Nappanee. 

Travel websites The Culture Trip and America The Beautiful both recently named the festival one of Indiana’s top 10 summer events.

More than 300 juried artists and crafters from across the United States will display their work. About 900 artist entries will be judged in the competition tent with cash prizes totaling $5,000, according to a news release.

Entertainment throughout the festival includes roaming musicians, swan paddle boat rides, clowns, musicians and square dancing.

Plain and Fancy” and “Little Women the Broadway Musical” will perform several times on the Joseph Stein Stage in the Round Barn Theatre.

Food served will include pulled pork, malts, fried vegetables, donkey ears, pie, homemade ice cream and sassafras tea.

Joy Johnson, a master quilter at Amish Acres for 40 years, will be inducted into the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival Hall of Fame at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the German One Room Schoolhouse.

The Wine Room will be open during the festival featuring wine from the Round Barn Winery in Baroda, Mich.

There will also be drawings for theater and overnight stay packages, wagon rides, guided tours and films. 

Nearly 60,000 visitors travel to Nappanee each year for the festival, according to a news release.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 2, and 10 a..m to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors 60 years and up, active military and students ages 12-17; and free for kids younger than 12. Parking is free.

For more information, visit www.amishacres.org.

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