This is the Grabill Country Fair

IMG_1010This popular annual festival, which attracts 100,000 visitors, began in 1973 by the Grabill Chamber of Commerce. Grabill is a quaint town of about 1,000 people, just north of Fort Wayne, Indiana nestled in the heart of a large Amish community. The town’s country-style fair highlights the area’s Amish heritage.

The first country fair consisted of a joint community church service and fellowship. Since then the event has expanded to become one of the finest craft fairs. Held on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday after Labor Day, the fair encompasses streets lined with tents and canopies, which shelter 130 craft booths.

Among crafts are those that showcase the natural beauty of wood, which include shelves, frames, and board games; other works highlight needlepoint, knitting and crocheting projects. Dolls, ceramic villages, blown glass objects, lampshades, and whirlybirds are also among craft items offered.

Also crafts of a bygone era are demonstrated, such as the use of the spinning wheel, or making cornhusk dolls, or horseshoeing Activities and contests run nonstop. Children can participate in a spelling bee, or old-fashion contests, which include frog jumping, a baby crawl, jump rope, apple peeling, watermelon eating, and cherry pit spitting. Men can enter nail driving or cross-cut sawing contests; and women can enter apple pie baking.

Gospel music is performed on Saturday evening, and country and bluegrass is played at other times. County fare, such as apple dumplings and corn on the cob provide sustenance.

Less than 24 hours away! We are expecting about 125 classic cars to line the streets of Grabill. Come down and enjoy the sights, music, food, and fun. From 9AM to 3PM downtown. There will be a fleamarket with collectibles, jewelry, tools, toys, books, movies, and more. We will be serving coffee, doughnuts, hot beef and noodle soup, hamburgers and hot dogs. Hope to see you here! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello Grabill Country Fair Guests!! The Grabill Country Fair has become the new sponsor for The Road Apple Cruise In car show that is coming this Sat. Sept 24th. We will also be having a Flea Market in the Grabill Fair Building and looking for vendors. Please let us know if interested. We will be serving concessions through out the day. Please go to our NEW facebook page...road apple cruise in. If you like the new page and share it you will be registered to receive a chance to win a t-shirt. You don't need to be present to win. The Grabill Country Fair website will be updated soon with car show information. You can still register your car at 9am on Sat. #RoadAppleCruiseIn ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Grabill Country Fair this year! As always, thank you to our volunteer staff for taking so much of your time to make the fair a success. And, last but certainly not least, thank you to our men and women in uniform for making sure our event was safe. We honor you always, but especially today. ... See MoreSee Less

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