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Fall Crafter's Fair - October 03, 2013

Shipshewana will be hosting a festival of crafters, entertainers and musicians that has become an annual fall event. The festival will take place in and around the town, located in the heart of beautiful Northern Indiana Amish Country. The festival is set to start at 9am, October 4th and will continue to run all day on the 5th and 6th. The event is planned for families and individuals looking for something truly unique and different from normal weekend routines.

Some of the entertainment for the event includes John Schmid, the Todd Allen Family, the Bontrager Family Singers and the Balos Family.

The festival will be a tribute to the crafting and old-fashioned culture in the surrounding Shipshewana countryside. Quilters, carvers, painters, cloggers, musicians and crafters of all types will flood the town and its many quaint stores, providing demonstrations and entertainment Friday and Saturday. "We have looked for some of the most unique and interesting performers and crafts-people around. We really want to set Shipshewana apart as somewhere where people can step out of their daily lives and enjoy our little town and maybe take a little something of it with them," says Andy Rohrer, member of the local merchants association.

Another marketplace in town (Trading Place of America) will be having around 25 vendors under the pavilion, aside from all of the vendors that will be here for the Crafter's Fair.

The focus on making this festival a time for families comes from Shipshewana's - as well as the surrounding communities' - focus on these values. There will be events for all ages and tastes. Little ones will enjoy free rides in the miniature buggy, pulled by a miniature horse, as well as a whole tent just for them. Parents will have plenty to see and do as well, from hand made decor, to chainsaw carvers and musicians that will play as you enjoy the food available in town.

Shipshewana is located on State Road, 5 just 5 minutes from the Indiana Toll Road. For more information contact: LaGrange County CVB, phone 260.768.4008 or on the Internet at

Are you a Crafter and would like to participate? Download an application and send it in: Crafters Fair App

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