Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Nappanee Apple Festival?

This year's Apple Festival begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 in downtown Nappanee.

The Tractor & Truck Pull will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Callandar Sportsplex on C.R. 7 in Nappanee.

The 5K Road Race will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

On May 14, 2016, the Nappanee Apple Festival will be hosting its 2nd Annual Spring Diesel Truck Jamboree. Street Stock, Modified and RWYB are eligible to participate. 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.

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What are the hours?

Festival weekend: Thursday, September 15 – 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, September 16 – 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please see our on-line brochure for specific event times.

Tractor & Truck Pull: Saturday, September 10; gates open at 12:30 p.m. and pull starts at 2:00 p.m.

Spring Diesel Truck Jamboree: Saturday, May 14 (Rain date, May 21); gates open at 12:00 p.m., test and tune starts at 12:00 p.m. and pull starts at 5:00 p.m.

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Where is the festival located?

The heart of the festival is located in downtown Nappanee with events held at various other locations around Nappanee. Carnival rides line S. Main Street (St. Rd. 19 south of U.S. 6), 25 food vendors are located in the Depot Plaza located one block south of U.S. 6 and St. Rd. 19, craft vendors line North and South Clark Street (one block west of St. Rd. 19), commercial vendors are located on South Clark Street and just to the west of the Depot Plaza area. Our Wings and Wheels show on Saturday is held at the Nappanee Municipal Airport located three miles east of Nappanee on U.S. 6. The Tractor & Truck Pull and the Spring Diesel Truck Jamboree are held at Callander Sportsplex on C.R. 7, next to McCormick Creek Golf Course.

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Where is the 7' Apple Pie located?

Indiana's largest 7' baked Apple Pie is located in downtown Nappanee at the El Cielito Lindo Mexican restaurant on West Market Street (on U.S. 6 just one-half block west of St. Rd. 19). Slices of apple pie can be purchased at the restaurant or at the Napple Store.

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What is the cost of a commercial booth?

The cost for a 10'x10' space is $250.00 before August 1. After August 1, the cost is $275.00.

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Who do I contact to purchase a commercial booth space?

Applications are available on our website under "Applications". For additional questions, contact commercial@nappaneeapplefestival.org.

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Who do I contact to purchase a craft booth space?

Applications are available on our website under "Applications". For additional questions, contact crafters@nappaneeapplefestival.org

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How do I know if I should be in the crafts or commercial area?

Please contact commercial@nappaneeapplefestival.org.

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When is the parade?

An airplane flyover kicks off the parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 17. The parade begins on U.S. 6 East (by Burger King) and heads west on U.S. 6 through downtown and ends at City Hall on Locke Street.

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How many people attend the festival?

The festival attracts more than 80,000 people annually.

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Does it cost to get in?

No, admission is FREE! There are a few events that charge (e.g., helicopter rides, individuals who want to enter a car in the car show, the Nappanee Apple Festival Tractor and Truck Pull held on Saturday, September 12 and the Spring Diesel Truck Jamboree held on Saturday, May 14.

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Can I put my child in the Apple Dumpling Contest if I work in Nappanee but don't live in the district?

All must live in the Wa-Nee Community School district to enter the contest.

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Where is the Wings & Wheels Show and when does it start?

It is held at the Nappanee Airport, three miles east of downtown Nappanee on U.S. 6. The show is Saturday, September 17 from noon until 4:00 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, September 18 from noon until 4:00 p.m.). No charge for parking and gate entry! This is a car and airplane show and airplane rides are free to first time flyers ages 8 to 18 (must have parental consent and weather permitting).

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How can I volunteer to help before, during or after the festival?

We are always looking for volunteers! Please visit the "Volunteer" page to sign-up.

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How do I become an event sponsor?

Please contact Donna Persing at donna@nappaneeapplefestival.org or 574.536.3854.

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How do I get a food vendor space?

If interested in being a food vendor for the festival, please complete and submit a Food Vendor "Wait List" Application located on the applications tab. We appreciate your interest in the Nappanee Apple Festival!

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