Scarecrow Contest and Reunion
It takes 200 Scarecrows to return to the farm for their annual reunion to stand guard along the lane as the team of Belgians and hay wagon haul kids to the Pumpkin Patch during Fall Harvest Days at Amish Acres. Lining the lane, these creative creations come from far and wide as individuals, families, friends and groups of all kinds compete for $850.00 in cash prizes. Winners are selected by the votes of the visitors, so tell all of your friends to come and vote.
Get your group together and bring your scariest creations to the historic farm on September 21 through October 27, scare off the crows and compete for cash.
Calling all Churches, Service Clubs, Schools, Scouts, Libraries, Families, Girlfriends, Senior Centers, Day Care, Bowling Leagues, Euchre and Bridge groups, Music and Sports Boosters, Company and Office Departments, Sunday School Classes and Neighbors to create the scarecrows. It's a haunting task, but worth the time and toil for your good cause and reward to your group.
All Winners chosen by vote of the visitors to Fall Harvest Days. Vote often, send your friends, cajole your neighbors!
Amish Acres Scarecrow Reunion & Contest seeks haunting and humorous new designs. From the imaginatively wild to the wonderfully whimsical, cleverly crafted hand-made scarecrows show up from all over. So don't be scared! Fill in the Scarecrow Reunion Contest Entry Form and bring your life size, self standing scarecrow to The Round Barn Theatre Lobby at Amish Acres, 1600 West Market Street (U.S. 6), Nappanee, Indiana by September 18, 2013
Entering a scarecrow is open to all and there is no fee to enter the contest. The scarecrow contest is a chance for everybody to get into the spirit of the season and share their creativity. Ballots will be available in The Round Barn Theatre Lobby. Each entry should be named and Fall Harvest Days visitors can view and vote for their favorite. Ballots will be tallied on November 1st and winners will be notified immediately following. Scarecrows must be self standing, life size, and resilient with all accessories securely attached, as they will remain outside through the end of Fall Harvest Days.
Entry forms and contest rules are available in The Round Barn Theatre Lobby at Amish Acres, 1600 West Market Street (U.S. 6), Nappanee, Indiana or on line at AmishAcres.com. Scarecrow creations should be completed and submitted no later than September 18, 2013 to be eligible for prizes. The Scarecrows will be displayed from September 21st - October 27th. For additional information call 574-773-4180 ext. 240.
Fall Harvest Days
The colorful opening of Amish Acres Fall Harvest Days, featuring its Scarecrow Reunion & Contest, coincides with the 36th annual Nappanee Apple Festival, Thursday through Sunday, September 19-22, 2013. The historic farm’s courtyard is transformed into a Harvest Market celebrating the bounty of the fall harvest in Indiana as the leaves turn. The market is surrounded by demonstrations of apple cider pressing in one of American’s Ten Best Cider Mills, corn meal grinding, apple butter cooking in the copper kettle hanging from the tripod over the open fire, and sorghum pressing with a horse drawn mill.
market is filled with pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian corn, bittersweet,
colorful mums, sunflowers, pecks of apples, fresh pressed cider, bundles
of corn and sorghum molasses all surrounded by shocks of field corn
and wagons of straw bales.
A pumpkin patch, filled to the brim with bright orange jack-o-lanterns waiting to be carved, sits next to the woods down the farm’s lane. The Pumpkin Express Wagon pulled by a team of Belgian draft horses hauls eager kids to the patch where they pick their own pumpkin to take home for carving and roast marshmallows over an open camp fire.
Inside the farm’s family style restaurant, Amish bakers are busy whipping up apple cakes, dumplins, crisps plus pumpkin and squash pies. The kettles are boiling with corn chowder and squash soup. A fall lunch menu features produce from the farm and surrounding markets. Sun brewed Sassafras iced tea and the Fruits of Indiana Wines bring a final touch to the dining experience in the old barn restaurant.
The Log Cabin Soda Shop & Fudgery is filled with dried apples, pumpkin fudge and ice cream, caramel apples and popped corn, Sarsaparilla sodas, and apple butter sundaes.