In the encampment areas re-enactors demonstrate craft techniques of two centuries ago. Spinners in period dress assemble their spinning wheels and weave woolen thread which may become fine sweaters. Spinning is such a tedious process that I marvel at the patience it takes to achieve one ball of yarn.
It is fun to watch the precision used to sew simple shirts and skirts by seamstresses on what appear to be child-sized sewing machines of long ago.
Stroll by the dozens of stalls selling crafts and pick up a colorful wreath and other fall items of décor for your home. Many items are handmade. They are lovely reminders of the time when Nature ruled creativity and not Pinterest or Michael’s craft stores.This is my favorite Fort Wayne festival for so many reasons. For many people the best part of the Johnny Appleseed Festival is that it is FREE admission! The festival includes food, dancing, antiques, roving entertainment, children's game area, music, military reenactment, farmer's market and more! The dates and times are: Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:00 am- 6:00 pm Sunday, September 22, 2013 10:00 am- 5:00 pm For more information go to the festival website. The festival takes place in Johnny Appleseed Park right next door to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.