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Nappanee Apple Festival

Annual event features a 7-foot apple pie.

Posted on Sepa. 11, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

NAPPANEE — Preparations are underway for tens of thousands of visitors and even more apples in Nappanee, which can only mean the next Nappanee Apple Festival is almost here.

If you plan on attending the festival, get ready to check out the traditional 7-foot diameter, 600-pound baked apple pie, along with activities such as apple peeling, apple baking and apple pie eating and lots of great apple treats. Enjoy two stages of entertainment with Blue River Jazz and the Miss Apple Blossom Pageant and experience this year’s headlining performer, professional juggler Josh Horton and his comedic and interactive performance.

Old favorites, including classic carnival rides, the adult and children’s pedal pull, gold fish races and the kids’ puppet show with Granpa Cratchet, will return this year, as well.

The giant apple pie contains more than 400 pounds of apple pie filling and yields about 700 pieces, Lora Beachy, director of the Nappanee Apple Festival, said, and visitors can purchase a piece of that pie beginning Friday. The pie is usually gone by Saturday of the festival, she said.

Beachy, who has been on the Apple Festival Committee for nine years, said she expects at least 200 craft and commercial booths.

“Come enjoy. It’s going to be a grand time,” she said.

More than 85,000 people came to Nappanee for the festival last year. The Nappanee Apple Festival, in its 38th year, will officially begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and close at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

Tractor and Truck Pull, Sept. 14

Can’t wait until the 5 p.m. opening of the festival on the Sept. 19? Get an early taste of festival activities a few days early, on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Callander Complex, and watch the tractor and truck pull, a prelude to the festival. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and the pull begins at 2 p.m. Grandstand seating is first-come, first served, but lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, as well. Admission is $5, and children 12 and younger are free. Food and beverages will be for sale at concessions areas.

Miss Apple Blossom Pageant, Sept. 19

Festival organizers and fans aren’t the only ones eager for the festivities to begin. Six young women, all from Elkhart County and/or the Wa-Nee School District between the ages of 16 and 21, are getting ready to compete for the title of Miss Apple Blossom Thursday night of the festival.

The contestants are:

Ÿ Janell Smart, “Miss John’s Auto Spa,” is a graduate of Concord High School. She is the daughter of Jake and Lindsay Yoder.

Ÿ Lizzie Kern, “Miss Dudley Construction,” is a sophomore at Indiana University South Bend. She is the daughter of Paul and Jeni Kern.

Ÿ Kalin Meikle, “Miss Goshen Farmers Market,” is a senior at Goshen High School. She is the daughter of John and Roseann Meikle.

Ÿ Margaret Belt, “Miss CVS Pharmacy,” is a junior at NorthWood High School. She is the daughter of Glenda Belt.

Ÿ Emily Hoffman, “Miss Persing Tire and Lube, Inc.,” is a freshman at Butler University. She is the daughter of Eric and Helen Hoffman.

Ÿ Rebecca Miller, “Miss G & W Herbs,” is a senior at Hoosier Academy. She is the daughter of Gerald and Wanda Miller.

At stake is a $1,000 scholarship for the winner, a $750 scholarship for the first runner-up and a $500 scholarship for the third runner-up. The contestant who wins the People’s Choice Award will receive a cash award. Cast a $1 vote prior to the intermission of the pageant by signing the signature page for the award. Voters can cast more than one vote. The People’s Choice Award will not affect the outcome of the pageant, decided by a panel of judges. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. in the Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent at the Depot Plaza.

Dean and Sally Guard named Grand Marshals

Organizers didn’t have to look far to find enthusiastic and dedicated Nappanee-loving festival marshals. Sally (Stutzman) Guard, a “home-grown girl,” and her husband, Dean, who came to Nappanee from Bremen to play basketball his freshman year of high school, will preside as the Nappanee Apple Festival grand marshals this year.

Dean Guard has worked in retail sales on the same block of South Main Street for the past 58 years, the last 21 years as owner/operator of Antiques on the Square, where Sally also works.

During Dean’s 37-year tenure with G & N Grocery, he felt compelled to give back to Nappanee, and started by serving two terms on the city council in the ’70s and ’80s and served under mayors Jim Newcomer, Jim Mellinger and Bob Callander as a member of the Economic Development Commission.

Over the years, he donated his earnings from being on the city council back to the city, purchasing the first bulletproof vest for the Nappanee Police Department and arranging a deal with Bob Coppes of Coppes Men’s Wear to outfit firefighters in blazers, gray slacks, shirts and ties instead of their traditional red jumpsuits for certain events.

The Guards’ family includes six children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Guards are members of the Methodist Church where both have served as trustees.

Schedule

For a complete listing of activities, sponsors, raffles and more, go to www.nappaneeapplefestival.org and click on the link to the PDF brochure.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Admission $5, children 12 and younger are free

12:30 p.m.: Gates open, Callander Sportsplex

2 p.m.: Tractor and truck pull begins

Monday, Sept. 16

7 p.m.: Festival kickoff reception, Nappanee Heritage Center

Thursday, Sept. 19

5:30 to 7 p.m. Blue River Jazz, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

6 p.m.: Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

7 p.m.: Miss Apple Blossom Scholarship Pageant, Martin’s Supermarket Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

8 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street #10

9 to 10 p.m.: Blue River Jazz, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

Friday, Sept. 20

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Billy Dee, variety, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Silly Safaris live animal show, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Senior bingo, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

3:30 to 4:45 p.m.: Billy Dee, variety, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

4 to 4:45 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

4:45 to 5:30 p.m.: Billy Dee, variety, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

5 to 6 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

5:30 to 7 p.m.: Exit 41 (light classic rock), Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

6 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

6 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

6 to 7:30 p.m.: Silly Safaris live animal show, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Crystal Valley Quartet southern gospel, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

7:30 to 10 p.m.: High Life variety show, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

8 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

8 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

Saturday, Sept. 21

6 to 10 a.m.: Pancake and sausage breakfast, Miller’s Apple Orchard

7:30 a.m.: Apple Festival 5K Road Run starts, Amish Acres, C.R. 3 (Registration begins at 6 a.m.)

7:30 a.m.: Embrace the Pace Half Marathon starts, Amish Acres, C.R. 3 (Registration begins at 6 a.m.)

8:45 a.m.: Napple Baking Contest Judging, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent (Registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m.)

9 a.m.: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Stauffer Park

10:30 a.m.: Apple Cider Cup Relay, starts at Jackson Street and ends downtown

10:30 a.m.: Airplane Fly Over by pilots Russ McDonald and the “Flying Hooligans,” downtown

10:30 a.m.: Parade (pre-registration required), starts at corner of Miriam and Market streets

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Car show registration ($10 entry fee), classic to contemporary cards, truck and motorcycles (rain date is Sunday), Airport (3 miles east of town)

Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Sam de Armond pop rock, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

Noon to 5 p.m.: Wings and Wheels Car and Airplane Show (rain date Sunday), aircraft displays, medical helicopter, new car display, Airport

12:30 to 2 p.m.: Silly Safaris live animal show, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

12:30 to 2 p.m.: Child ID, CenturyLink Building

1 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

1 p.m.: Corn Hole Tournament (pre-register on nappaneeapplefestival.org), Ace/Alco Parking Lot

1 p.m.: Garden Tractor Pull (noon registration), Callander Sportsplex C.R. 7 North

1 to 4 p.m.: Young Eagles free youth plane rides (ages 8 to 18 first-time flights with parent consent; rain date Sunday), Airport (3 miles east of town)

1 to 5 p.m.: Apple Butter Demonstration, Clark Street

1:30 to 2 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

1:30 p.m.: Vintage baseball games, Nappanee Embracers/Bonneyville Millers/Chicago Salmon, West Side Park

2 to 2:45 p.m.: Apple Pie Eating Contest (registration at 1:30 p.m.), CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

2 p.m.: Kids pedal pull contest (registration at 1:30 p.m.), Korhorn Financial/License Branch

2 p.m.: Fireman’s Waterball Contest, S.R. 19 South (south end of rides)

2-3:30 p.m.: Adrienne Frailey folk, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Plaza

2:30 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

2:45 to 3:15 p.m.: Cross Cut Saw Contest, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

3 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

3 p.m.: Adult Pedal Pull Contest (registration at 2:30 p.m.), Korhorn Financial/License Branch

3 p.m.: Skydiving demonstration (rain date Sunday), Airport (3 miles east of town)

3:15 to 4 p.m.: Apple Peeling Contest, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

3:35 to 4:35 p.m.: Set Abraham pop/soul, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

3:45 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

4 p.m.: Goldfish Races (registration begins at 3:30 p.m.), Korhorn Financial/License Branch

4 to 4:30 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

4:30 to 6 p.m.: Silly Safaris live animal show, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

4:30 p.m.: Wings and Wheels Car Show Awards, Airport (3 miles east of town)

4:45 to 5:15 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

5 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

5:15 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Touch of Texas classic country, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

6 to 7 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

6:45 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

7 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

7:30 to 9 p.m.: Amos Raber gospel, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

8 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

8 to 10:30 p.m. Spike and the Bulldogs, ’50s and ’60s rock and roll, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

Sunday, Sept. 22

9 a.m.: Antique Tractor Pull, Callander Sportsplex C.R. 7 North

9 to 10:30 a.m.: Community Church Service, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

11 a.m. to noon: First Brethren Worship Team gospel, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn comedy juggler/ventriloquist, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

12:30 to 2 p.m.: Silly Safaris live animal show, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

12:45 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

1 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

1 to 3 p.m.: Blue Bird Revival gospel, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

2 to 4 p.m. Talent Contest, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park (pre-registration required, no on-site registration)

2:15 p.m.: Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

3 p.m.: The Granpa Cratchet Kids Show and Puppets, North Clark Street

3 to 4 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

3:15 p.m. Josh Horton, world-class juggler, library parking lot

4 to 5:15 p.m.: NorthWood High School Music Department, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

4 to 5:30 p.m. Silly Safaris live animal show, library parking lot

4:30 to 5:15 p.m.: Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler/ventriloquist, CenturyLink Stage/Leadership Park

5 p.m.: Apple Dumpling Contest Voting Ends, Depot Plaza

5:30 p.m.: Apple Dumpling Contest Awards, Martin’s Super Market Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza

5:30 p.m.: Apple Festival Raffle Drawings and Awards, Martin’s Supermarket Entertainment Tent, Main Stage at Depot Plaza




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