LIMA — The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District will hold the 26th Apple Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Allen County Farm Park. The public is invited to celebrate the season and create new memories at the festival that entails a lot more than just apples.
“We’re going to have Art Me Traveling Paint Studio come out and do face painting. They will be doing cheeks for $2 a cheek, a mask for $5 or full face paint for $10. We will have a caricaturist, Don Lee, from Toledo doing caricatures for people. Jungle Island is coming out with all different kind of animals, not necessarily barnyard animals and we’re going to have a bird encounter. It’s a parakeet encounter where you go into a caged area with the parakeets and hold a food stick and the parakeets will fly around and eat the seeds off the stick,” said Chris Fetzer, volunteer coordinator at Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.
Entertainment includes puppets, a folk rock dulcimer player and the musical comedy act, Spittin Image.
“Each year I try to get different kinds of entertainment so it doesn’t become stale for people,” said Fetzer.
The traditional events will be occurring, such as cooking apple butter over an open fire in a copper kettle, horse drawn wagon rides and tractor hay rides.
“We have all kinds of kids crafts, low-cost kids crafts. We have pumpkin painting, where you pick out a pumpkin and paint it and take home. We will have traditional pioneer games such as rolling hoops, stilts, games and bouncy houses,” said Fetzer.
There will be traditional festival food for sale as well as bulk apples and apple cider.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.