Bluffton celebrates fall with annual festival


By Amy Eddings - aeddings@civitasmedia.com



IF YOU GO

WHAT: Bluffton Fall Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Five venues around Bluffton

BLUFFTON — If you just visited Main Street in Bluffton during its Fall Festival Saturday, you’d miss half the fun.

Events will be taking place at four other sites around the village.

But let’s start on Main Street. There, you’ll find free activities for children, including face painting and games. The Bluffton Public Library will host a book sale while author Steve Yoder signs his children’s book, “Look for Something Good,” at The Black Lab Trading Co. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A quilt show at Bluffton Middle School will feature local and historical quilts. The quilt shop, Forever in Stitches, will run its long-arm quilting machine through its paces and will hold a quilt “stash and stuff” swap.

Quilting isn’t the only craft at the Fall Festival. At the Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., there will be a silent auction of handmade items such as pottery, woodworking and baked goods. Bids will be accepted for silent auction items until noon.

The Mennonite Memorial Home is also the place for free transportation to and from downtown. Two horse-drawn wagons will provide the service.

At Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court, off Augsburger Road, the Don Hurless Trio performs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be an antique tractor show, a kiddie tractor pull at 1:30 p.m. (registration is at 1 p.m.) and a children’s fishing derby. Food at the Village includes cinnamon ice cream with homemade apple crisp, hot dogs, and a new flavored popcorn from Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. called “Home Sweet Home.”

The Swiss Homestead, 8350 Bixel Road, hosts an open house of its 1840s Swiss homestead and 1854 bank barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with period skill demonstrations such as blacksmithing and plowing. Children can take part in “king of the log” pillow fights, a straw bale maze, a slinghsot range, stilts and other old-fashioned games. The Homestead will raise money with a hog roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Outside of town, Suter’s Farm, 12200 Putnam Road (Road R) opens its annual fall corn maze. The theme is “Fun on the Farm.” Visitors can pick a pumpkin from the fields, shoot corn cannons, see the 1888 cider press and buy apple cider.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Bluffton Fall Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Five venues around Bluffton

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-292-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-292-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

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