Nappanee Apple Festival 2015 ushers in fall with 40th annual celebration

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By: Gwen Ragno
gragno@flavor574.com

Apple season is a sure sign of fall and there’s nowhere that celebrates its arrival like Nappanee. 

Sept. 17-20 brings the 40th annual Nappanee Apple Festival to downtown Nappanee. The town comes alive with a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides and, of course, all kinds of apple-based treats. 

The festival’s biggest claim to fame is the 7-foot, 600-pound apple pie baked each year at a local bakery and divvied up among as many as 1,000 fairgoers. The pie is baked early Friday morning and devoured by the afternoon, according to previous Flavor 574 reporting.

This year, the pie can be found at El Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, 108 Market St.

The “Napple Store” on Clark Street is another popular stop for locally made delicacies like apple turnovers and dumplings, apple butter and applesauce, apple cider and more modestly sized apple pies. 

The festival opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday; 9 a.m. on Friday and Sunday; and 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Attendees can vote in the apple dumpling contest any time during the festival; catch a glimpse of that giant apple pie Friday morning; wake up early Saturday for the Miller’s Apple Orchard pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m.; witness the Napple Baking Contest, apple pie eating contest and the apple peeling contest at various points during the day Saturday, and much more. 

For a full schedule of the weekend’s events and attractions, visit nappaneeapplefestival.org. The festival is free to attend, but plan to pay for food and certain attractions. 

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