The Colorful World of Art
Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival celebrates 51 years with new accolades. For the fifth time in eight years, The American Bus Association chose Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival as one of its TOP 100 Events in North America in 2013. It was recognized for the first time by AmericaTheBeautiful.com as a TOP 10 Event in Indiana.
The event's 2013 " Proud as a Peacock's Plumage: The Colorful World of Art" theme is derived from the new "It's A-Peeling apple art, an Interactive outdoor art exhibition placing four foot high fiberglass designed and created by local artists around Nappanee funded through individual and corporate sponsorships. Amish Acres apple features a peacock in full plumage promoting Amish Acres historic Kuhn's Apple Cider Mill, ranked one of the Top 10 Cider Mills in America.
The festival and marketplace are located outdoors around the farm's pond. Richard Pletcher, founder of the festival and Amish Acres, remains CEO and Jennifer Pletcher Wysong is the festival director. The fourth generation is now involved in the event’s management.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary festival in 2012, Senator Ryan Mishler presented a Senate Resolution from the Indiana General Assembly, commendations from the Indiana House of Representatives, and a personal letter from Governor Mitch Daniels and founder Richard Pletcher was named a Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Daniels. Additional recognition to the half-century achievement included a key to the City of Nappanee and recognition from the Nappanee Public Library and the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors' Bureau.
The readers of Sunshine Artist magazine have ranked the festival as high as the 3rd best Classic and Contemporary Craft Show in the country. Travel Trade Magazine's Focus 500 lists Amish Acres first among its top ten attractions for group travel in Indiana. Senior Group Traveler chose the festival as its only Indiana selection included in their Editor's Choice List of Outstanding Festivals and Major Events: one of only seventy nationwide. This national recognition has been earned by the exhibitors and the festival’s staff.
The show is promoted with extensive local, regional and national print, billboard, television, radio, Internet, email, social media, and direct mail advertising with online retail opportunities to attract buyers specifically interested in unique hand crafted products. The festival’s target audience encircles Nappanee from Chicago to Indianapolis to Toledo and Detroit.
Over five decades the festival has earned the respect of talented artisans from across the country because of its sales history, commitment to quality, juried products and family friendly but business-oriented approach to show management. The show is limited to approximately 300 booth spaces, with nearly 250 cities in over 30 states represented by exhibitors.
Read Richard Pletcher's Remembrances of the past five decades of Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival, from its mere beginnings as a clothes line art show in downtown Nappanee to its current status as one of American's TOP 100 events in North America. More...
Like a crazy quilt sampler of old, The Competition highlights the talents from all 300 artists under one big top tent for the festival’s visitors to marvel at the array of talent. It is the center point of the festival. From the 900 pieces displayed over $5,000 in cash prizes are awarded, including two $1,000 Best of Show Purchase Prizes for two and three dimensional work. Popular awards chosen by the festival’s visitors add buzz and excitement to The Competition. Trent Gibbs and Lu Fuller won the coveted $1,000 Best of Show purple ribbons in 2012.
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 heart of the festival is The Marketplace that surrounds Amish Acres farm pond and gravel lanes. It is divided into four colorful sections with aisles and booth numbers marked and featured in the festival’s program. Here folk meets art and art meets folks in a bustling bazaar.
Over 300 artists and crafter's from 35 States, surround Amish Acres pond to ply their trade and sell their wares.Live entertainment on four stages throughout the day includes country bands, magicians and square dancing. Festival foods are a very important part of the four day event featuring everything from apple pie to zucchini bread.
Entertainment and Festive Food fills every minute of every day!
Continuous Entertainment on four Stages delight adults and children alike at this most family friendly event, Miscellaneous Roving Clowns, Medicine Show & Musicians, Square & Line Dancing, Swan Paddle Boat Rides, Cloggers, Festival Foods from Roast Pork to Preaching Pies, Homemade Ice Cream to Sassafras Iced Tea draw lines of shoppers seeking refreshment and entertainment.
The Festivities and Amish Acres
Amish Acres Tour, Rides, Shops, Famous Family-Style Restaurant, Wine Tasting Room, The Round Barn Theatre Showing Plain and Fancy, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway, which will be presented on the outdoor Americana on Parade Stage on Thursday evening of the festival.
Adult Gate Admission $7.00
Groups of 20 – 80: $6.00 per person
* Four Day Pass requires signature ID each day.
The ABA announced that Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival, to be held on August 1-4, 2013, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2013 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA. More...
Amazing Festivals: 100's of Hometown Celebrations
Features Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival as one of America's Hometown Celebrations. It is cited as an example of how small towns can use festivals and events to draw visitors to them in the spirit of celebration with the economic benefits that are a major by-product
Arts & Crafts Festival Information
- Official Program
- WSBT Story on the 51st Arts & Crafts Festival
- Fox 28 Story on the 51st Arts & Crafts Festival I
- Fox 28 Story on the 51st Arts & Crafts Festival II
- Fox 28 Story on the 51st Arts & Crafts Festival II
- Cash Prize Winners
- Map of the Festival Grounds
- General Press Release
- Judges Press Release
- Artists Press Release
- Top 100 Event Press Release
- Hall of Fame
- Blue Ribbon Museum
- 50 Years of Remembrances
- 51 Year Timeline
- Festival Fact Sheet
- Amish Acres Pictorial Map
- Two Dimensional Winners
- Three Dimensional Winners
- Up to the minute festival information on Amish Acres Facebook Fan Page
Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary 2012 Album
A photo album taken from the 50 years of Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival. These photos represent the best of the marketplace, entertainment, artists, visitors, and staff. In many ways the festival has remained remarkably the same as each year brings a renewed creative vigor that can be felt in the air on each opening day.
Amish Acres Golden Jubilee Arts & Crafts Festival Albums