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Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

Arts and Crafts Festival

 

51 Years of Arts Meeting Folk & Folks Meeting Art

 

NAPPANEE, Indiana, - July 18, 2013 – Six are coming from Texas, seven each from Iowa and Alabama, 11 from Florida, five from Georgia, four each from New York, Pennsylvania, and the west coast, all artists and craftsmen, that is, converging on Amish Acres for the next half century of the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival. Recognized as a TOP 100 Event in the nation, the 51st year event runs August 1 through Sunday, August 4.  Nearly 300 vendors from a total of 25 states, from North Dakota to Louisiana and California to New York will ply their trade and will sell their wares around the farm’s pond. The marketplace includes 53 new artists plus 11 who have over 20 years seniority.

From its modest beginnings in front of the Pletcher Furniture Village, the event grew until it eventually filled the streets and alleys and remained downtown for seven years before moving to Amish Acres Historic Farm. The festival’s iconic gazebo has moved locations six times over the decades to accommodate the ever growing marketplace. Now 51 years later, Richard Pletcher who founded the event, and his family continue to produce the festival.

Among the freshman class, Elisha DuBois is bringing Recycled Metal Art from Boaz, Alabama - featured many of times in Southern Living Magazine.  Cynthia Higgins, a native of Shipshewana, Indiana hand paints functional glass pieces from lamps to salt & pepper shakers. Glen Eilders of Courtland, Minnesota, introduces Antlers & Wood Creations made from hand gathered deer, elk and moose antlers, and wood harvested from the wild.

In contrast, Joanne and John Foley present their hand-crafted wood jiqsaw puzzles for the 26th year. Delores Quint has been exhibiting for 33 years; she is part of three generations making hand painted Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs. Vincent Fleming of Alton, Illinois and Larry Johnson of Granger, Indiana, with 27 and 30 years respectively, each come with distinct painting styles. Also, Pam Wayne Shaeffer of West Bend, WI will be personalizing her hand-made Christmas ornaments for the 23rd year.
Some popular wooden art vendors whittle their way to the third year: Mayolo Haro of Glenview, IL crafts wooden art with cedar teak and acacia wood, finished naturally with sap, Dennis Drake of South Bend, IN with Twisted Walking Sticks, made on 120 year old duplicating lathe, and Andrea Sands-Saracino of East Stroudsburg, PA with Primitive Pine Furniture. Also, Woody and Judy Smith return for the sixth year with Wood Silhouettes from Crystal Lake, IL

Bringing with them some southern ‘Purseonality’, Caroline & Larry Clarke from Thomaston, GA return with their popular hand-crafted leather bags. Bruce and Susan Luwall of Milton, FL, past ribbon winners, begin their 10th year of pleasing the patrons with functional Stoneware Pottery. Loreda Reinhart and her Braided Rugs make their way from Kentucky for the 14th year.

Renowned watercolor artists Lu Fuller of Maysville, Kentucky and Kim Foster from Fenton, Missouri return. Lu received “Best of Show” in 2012 for her transparent and opaque watercolor paintings of landscapes and florals, and Kim received has received “Best of Market Place”, the most popular booth award, for her custom water colorings of architecture, landscapes and nature.

The Nappanee Countryside Shoppes Pavilion showcases handmade goods and retailers representing over 250 cottage industries surrounding Nappanee, many owned by Amish and Mennonite families. The pavilion doubled in size in a single year and now includes Rentown Store, Homestead Furniture, Kountry Cabinets, and Burlington Bike Shop.

New festival hours are Thursday-Saturday (August 1-3) 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday (August 4) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission price is $7.00 for adults; $6.00 for seniors, active military personnel, and youth ages 12-17; and free for children under age 12.  Parking is also free. Pre-event tickets and four-day passes can also be purchased online at www.amischacres.com. No pets are allowed.  Amish Acres is located on U.S. 6, one mile west of downtown Nappanee.  For more information, call 800-800-4942 or visit online at www.amishacres.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard Pletcher, founder and CEO, is available for interview. Coverage invited.  CONTACT: Janis Logsdon of Amish Acres, (574) 773-4188 ext. 240, or janislogsdon@amishacres.com.