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52nd Annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
19 Dec 2013
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Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival celebrates 52 years with more accolades. For the sixth 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 2014.

The festival and marketplace are located outdoors around the farm's pond. The Marketplace 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 30 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.

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.

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This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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Craft Dance Song Visual Art Avant-Garde Education Food & Drink Heritage Rural Spirituality & Religion Traditional YORA Festival/Celebration Midwest Craftsperson Visual Artist
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