The Apple Festival of Kendallville is an annual family-friendly event featuring unique entertainment, delicacies cooked over the fire, antiques and handmade goods at traders' village, and much more. The festival takes place every October at Noble County Fairgrounds, in Kendallville, Indiana. The two-day weekend event runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. gathering about 50,000 attendees and over 100 traders and dealers every year.
The central theme of the Apple Festival of Kendallville is America in 1830‑1860, the Pioneer Era. Many of the volunteers at the festival are dressed in historical costumes. Visitors can observe skilled demonstrators at craft village, shop for antiques and crafts checking out over 35 vendors, take part in exciting contests and try old-style foods. The festival features a large kid's area with activities, games, crafts, and rides. There is a Civil War encampment and live music on three stages.
The Apple Festival dates back to 1985, initiated by four residents: Gary and Kay Shepherd, Barb Kelly and Kathy Baker, who had a dream about giving Kendallville a festival. They began with just $5000 and six antique dealers on the festival grounds.