August 3 ~ 6
US 6 ~ Nappanee
One of America's Premier Arts & Crafts Festivals
August 3rd - 6th, 2017
Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival, for the ninth time, has been chosen by The American Bus Association as one of its TOP 100 Events in North America in 2016. The festival is selected by "The Culture Trip" as one of Indiana's 10 Summer Events and Festivals "You Shouldn't Miss" in 2016, 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 2016 with seven of the 10 events residing in Indianapolis including the Indiana State Fair and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Marsh Symphony. Indiana University Bloomington and Valpariso University were chosen in addition to Amish Acres Festival, the only Arts & Crafts event listed.
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.
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.
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 nearly 600 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. In 2014, Scott Chalfant of Cowden, Illinois and Crystal Summers of Hamilton, Ohio won the Best of Show Awards. Joy Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mayor Larry Thompson and Kathy Miller received the first ever Artiste Awards.
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 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 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.
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, The Round Barn Theatre Showing Plain and Fancy, and Guys and Dolls, which will be presented in the Round Barn Theatre throughout the festival.
Adult Gate Admission $7.00
Groups of 20 – 80: $6.00 per person
* Four Day Pass requires signature ID each day.
Arts & Crafts Festival Information
- Official Program (2016)
- Cash Prize Winners
- Map of the Festival Grounds (2016)
- Read an article in Broadway World about the 54th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
- General Press Release (2016)
- Festival Facts Sheet (2016)
- Judges Press Release (2016)
- Artists Press Release (2016)
- Entertainment Press Release (2016)
- Entertainment Schedule (2016)
- Top 100 Event Press Release (2016)
- Hall of Fame Roster
- Blue Ribbon Museum
- 53 Years of Remembrances
- 53 Year Timeline
- Amish Acres Pictorial Map
- Two Dimensional Winners
- Three Dimensional Winners
- Up to the minute festival information on Amish Acres Facebook Fan Page