Visitors from all over
The Allwardt family from Valparaiso was taking a break from the festivities and enjoying an elephant ear. They said they’ve been at the festival since 9 a.m. Ilona Allwardt said she really appreciated the food court area with sit down dining options, something a local festival in her area does not have.
“I like that they have the picnic tables where you can sit down and eat, that’s very nice,” she said. “It’s a very nice festival, we’ll be back.”
Visitors from all over the state could be found at the festival, as well as folks from Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and California.
Over in the entertainment tent “A Touch of Texas’ was playing some “foot stomping music” to a packed house. Fred Homberg of Warsaw was one of the people enjoying the country band. He said he’s been enjoying the food and everything else about the festival.
“We’re here primarily because of Spike & the Bulldogs,” he said of the 50s & 60s band that was scheduled to play later in the evening. Homberg said he was glad to be able to catch the country band first, however.
Apple Festival Director Lora Beachy also reported that the festival was going very well, despite some morning rain on Saturday.
“We’ve been hearing a lot of appreciation for the cleanliness of the festival, the food and the vendors,” Beachy said. “Josh Horton & Silly Safaris have been a great hit. Overall, it’s been a great time.”
Beachy said she had no idea of number of attendees as of yet, but felt they had at least as many people attending the festival as last year.
The festival continues today until 6 p.m.