About the Festival
The Nappanee Apple Festival is located in Nappanee, Indiana (Elkhart County) and held annually on the third weekend in September. During the 3 1/2 day festival there are many attractions for all ages to enjoy. There is live entertainment on two stages, carnival rides, over 150 exhibitors and 20 different food vendors, and a huge parade with an airplane flyover on Saturday morning.
Other events include an apple peeling contest, 5K road run, apple pie eating and apple peeling contests, goldfish races, wings & wheels show (cars and airplanes), tractor & truck pull (Saturday, September 8), antique tractor and engine show, napple baking contest, kids & adult pedal pull contests, and a scholarship pageant. Of course you won’t want to miss the popular Napple Store with fresh baked apple dumplings, apple pie, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritter bread, apple turnovers, homemade applesauce and much more!
On May 5, 2018, the Nappanee Apple Festival will be hosting its 4th Annual Spring Diesel Truck Jamboree. The event will be held at the Callander Sportsplex on C.R. 7, just north of U.S. 6 in Nappanee. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., gates open at 12:00 p.m., test and tune starts at 12:00 p.m. and pull starts at 5:00 p.m.
A Little History
The Nappanee Apple Festival began in 1975 and has continued every year since its inception; including the annual baking of the famous 7' apple pie weighing in at 600 lbs. The Festival has become an important part of the heritage of Nappanee and we thank the many sponsors, committee members, volunteers and community for their continued support.
With over 80,000 visitors annually, we have grown to become one of the largest festivals in the State of Indiana! We hope you will visit the Nappanee Apple Festival and enjoy all that the festival has to offer!