As the leaves begin to turn and fall, many of Noble County’s most popular activities are just beginning! Visitors and natives alike are sure to find something fun to do before the holiday season gets into full swing.
Though the pandemic put most fall activities on hiatus in 2020, Noble County’s communities are excited to see favorites return in 2021, led by the largest festival in the county, the Apple Festival.
The Apple Festival, whose mission is to provide entertainment and educational activities for the entire family while encouraging cultural and historical appreciation for local heritage, was established 36 years and brings its 35th festival to the Noble County Fairgrounds in Kendallville on October 2 and 3. Festival-goers will be amazed by the array of apple-themed foods, live entertainment, primitives area, and vendors of all things nostalgic and cozy.
The Children’s Pioneer Craft Village and live demonstrations are some of the many reasons that large crowds are expected again this year. Festival planners ask anyone who is not feeling well to stay home and will provide ample hand-washing stations. Guests are encouraged to wear masks due to the high probability of shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. Festival hours are Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Noble County is home to some of the region’s best destinations to build fun fall memories and traditions, pumpkins included, of course. Trowbridge Farms‘ Amazing Maze and Pumpkin Patch, located between Albion and Kendallville, offers 147 acres of family farm fun including a corn maze, haunted house, haunted corn maze, wagon rides, duck races, putt putt golf, bounce house, rock wall, straw mountain, and so much more! Families can pick out and purchase their Halloween pumpkins and fall decor and enjoy a visit to the barn to see the animals.
Not to be outdone, Roberts Farms in Wawaka offers a variety of fun family farm activities including a petting farm, corn maze, playground, and pick-your-own pumpkin patch and flowers. Enjoy farm fresh food including pumpkin doughnuts and apple slushies, and more!
Since 1972, children and adults have been making a visit to Fashion Farm’s Pumpkin Fantasyland a tradition! And local artist Sharon Cripe has been putting the faces of Presidents on pumpkin “heads” since the beginning! The Hall of Presidents is just one of the many, many creative and unique pumpkin displays visitors will enjoy during all of October. Pumpkin Fantasyland is open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM from October 1 to October 31. Enjoy hay wagon rides, a grass maze, straw maze, straw mound, family activity center, and Fashion Farm’s Restaurant, Countryscapes, and gift shop.
The array of family fun fall activities and destinations in Noble County makes it a great destination for a weekend or weeklong last hurrah before winter sets in. Find more to do, places to say, and where to eat, drink, and be merry at visitnoblecounty.com!