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Event Date: July 31-August 3, 2014

 

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival “Crowing About Art,” Nappanee, IN, July 31-August 3

 

The event's "Crow about Art" theme emulates calling attention to the beauty and color of the festival's array of arts and crafts as one of the farm's Bandy Roosters calls attention to his array of colorful plumage through his crowing at day break. For the sixth time, Amish Acres has been selected by the American Bus Association (ABA) as a TOP 100 event in North America.

 

 

Nappanee, Indiana, July 21, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The 52nd annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 31 - August 3, 2014 on the grounds of Amish Acres, an 80 acre historic farm restoration, and reflects the heritage and folk art of the plain people who homesteaded this land.  For the sixth time, Amish Acres has been selected by the American Bus Association (ABA) as a top 100 event in North America.  The event is located at 1600 W, Market St. Nappanee, IN.
 
The festival has recently been selected by "The Culture Trip" as one of Indiana's 10 Summer Events and Festivals "You Shouldn't Miss" in 2014, solidifying the festival’s standing in the top echelon of America’s festivals dedicated to the creative arts. The Culture Trip is a London based one-stop, global website, showcasing the best of art, food, culture and travel for every country in the world. Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival joins nine other Hoosier events for the summer of 2014 with seven of the 10 events residing in Indianapolis including the Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Marsh Symphony, and Indy Fringe Theatre Festival.
 
The event's "Crow about Art" theme emulates calling attention to the beauty and color of the festival's array of arts and crafts as one of the farm's Bandy Roosters calls attention to his array of colorful plumage through his crowing at day break.

 

 

 

The event brings to this northern Indiana historic farm a marketplace filled with the creations of artists and artisans from every corner of the country with 300 juried artists/crafters from 250 cities and 35 states. Nearly 60,000 visitors, many representing third generations, descend on the farm annually for the celebration, which includes entertainment on four stages throughout the day, strolling musicians, barbershop quartets, folk singers, bluegrass music, and more. Live Broadway musical theatre in repertory: Plain & Fancy and Little Women. Festive food will be served including pulled-pork, malts, fried vegetables, donkey ears, and more.
 
$5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by professional judges from 900 entries in the competition tent, including two $1,000 Best of Show awards in two and three dimensional categories and for total booth presentation as voted on by visitors. Drawings for visitor giveaways include theatre and overnight getaway packages; wagon rides; guided tours; and documentary films. Over $250,000 in cash prizes have been awarded over the last five decades. The Best of Show collection is on permanent display in the new Arts & Crafts Best of Show Museum located in the Barn Loft Wine Room of Amish Acres Restaurant.
The Wine Room is open during festival hours, featuring wine of the fruits Lake Michigan shore wines.
 
The fourth generation of the founding family is now involved in the festival’s planning and production. Richard Pletcher, founder of the festival and Amish Acres, remains CEO and Jennifer Pletcher Wysong is the festival director. The event started as a clothes line show in downtown Nappanee during sidewalk days in 1962. Amish Acres was created and grew out of the demand from the early festival’s visitors for Amish related experiences and products.

 

Joy Johnson, master quilter at Amish Acres for four decades, will be the 33rd inductee into Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival Hall of Fame. She is an expert in historical Amish quilt patterns, colors and combinations. Joy will be escorted at her induction by Reverend Frank Ramirez, pastor of the Union Center Church of the Brethren. The ceremony will take place during the awards presentation in the German One Room Schoolhouse, July 31st at 1:00 p.m.

 

Festival hours are Thursday-Saturday (July 31-August 3) 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday (August 3) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission price is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (60 & older), active military, and students 12 – 17 and free for children under age 12. Parking is free with several parking areas and six entrances for visitors' convenience.
 
Amish Acres is located on U.S. Highway 6, one mile west of downtown Nappanee.  Pre-event tickets and four-day passes can be purchased online. For more information on Amish Acres, the Arts and Crafts Festival, and The Round Barn Theatre visit
www.amishacres.com/arts_crafts_festival/arts_crafts_festival_2014.php
 
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NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard Pletcher, founder and CEO, is available for interview. Coverage invited.
CONTACT: Janis Logsdon (574) 773-4188 ext. 240, or janislogsdon@amishacres.com
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Amish Acres

1600 West Market St., Nappanee, Indiana, 46550

Web: www.amishacres.com

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Indiana, Nappanee, Event Date: July 31-August 3, 2014

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival “Crowing About Art,” Nappanee, IN, July 31-August 3

The 52nd annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 31 - August 3, 2014 on the grounds of Amish Acres, an 80 acre historic farm restoration, and reflects the heritage and folk art of the plain people who homesteaded this land.  For the sixth time, Amish Acres has been selected by the American Bus Association (ABA) as a top 100 event in North America.  The event is located at 1600 W, Market St. Nappanee, IN. The event's "Crow about Art" theme emulates calling attention to the beauty and color of the festival's array of arts and crafts as one of the farm's Bandy Roosters calls attention to his array of colorful plumage through his crowing at day break.   The event brings to this northern Indiana historic farm a marketplace filled with the creations of artists and artisans from every corner of the country with 300 juried artists/crafters from 250 cities and 35 states. Nearly 60,000 visitors are expected. Festival hours are Thursday-Saturday (July 31-August 3) 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday (August 3) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission price is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (60 & older), active military, and students 12 – 17 and free for children under age 12. For more information on Amish Acres, the Arts and Crafts Festival, and The Round Barn Theatre visit www.amishacres.com/arts_crafts_festival/arts_crafts_festival_2014.php

 

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