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As it Turns 40, Appleseed Festival Keeps the "Old Days" Exciting

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Johnny Appleseed Festival

Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Festival is a staple in the area's fall activity lineup, and this weekend, it's turning forty years old.

It's a period-authentic festival that celebrates the season, as well as the life and times of John Chapman, better known as the beloved “Johnny Appleseed.”

WBOI's Julia Meek invited festival board member Bridget Kelly to the Madge Rothschild Studios to find out more about what sustains the appeal of this annual seasonal salute.

Event Information:

40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival
@ Johnny Appleseed Park, Fort Wayne
Sept. 20, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Event is free and open to the public.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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