VAN WERT — The 26th annual Van Wert County Apple Festival will make its way to the Van Wert County Fairgrounds this weekend.
This year’s festival will be dedicated to John and Gloria Ruddock for their years of dedication to this event. Gary Adams will serve as master of ceremonies.
Admission and parking for the festival will be free along with wagon rides and many other forms of entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.
The Apple Festival will begin Friday at 11 a.m. and will be open until 9 p.m. Crafts, delicious food and produce will be available all day in all buildings. From 4-6 p.m., flu shots will be available in the Administration Building. From 6-8 p.m. on the Junior Fair Building stage, “Blind Date Band” will be performing. Trinity will follow on the stage from 8-9 p.m.
On Saturday, all buildings will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Homestead Donkeys and Petting Zoo will be available for viewing pleasure during this time. Special entertainment on the Junior Fair Building stage will include Pam’s School of Dance from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and Nancy & Company from 2:30-4 p.m.
Cider and fresh fruit will be available to all runners afterward and all runners will be eligible for a variety of door prizes. Drawings will be at noon and runners must be present to claim their prize.
Wagon rides, apple butter cookin’, fresh caramel corn-makin’, flint-knapper Harold Elam, maple syrup cookin’ and pony rides will be available all day both days. The Agricultural Building will host the Van Wert County Art Show, kids games and a working model train display. A Van Wert photographer will be available to take fall portraits in the Administration Building.
Produce and food will be available from local merchants.