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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.

Getting ready for the Road Apple Cruise -in car show on September 30th. The Grabill Country Fair is the Major sponsor of this event. There will also be a Flea market that day. Anyone wishing to rent vendor space please let me know. We will have direct sales, crafts, garage sale type items etc. We will also have a concession stand! Please let us know if interested in either event! ... See MoreSee Less

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Grabill Country Fair would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our vendors, guests, entertainment, volunteers, and everyone else who helped us make 2017 so successful. We wish mother nature would of cooperated a little better on Thurs and Fri, but Saturday was beautiful for the parade! The Fair draws a much bigger crowd when the weather is cool and not 95°. We hope everyone enjoyed the Fair and we are already working on 2018. We love to hear about the good things!! But we also want to know if there is anything you feel we could improve on. Thanks again!! From the GCF ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow!!! What a great response to our contest!!
Winners for the going to be there on Saturday are....
Barb Taylor
Cathy Mariah Bennett
Heather Marquart

**Please pick up your prize at the information booth tomorrow (actually today Sat. Lol) AFTER the parade anytime! Please have ID!

Winner of prize, but not able to be there...
Jean Parrish.

**All winners please let me know you saw this.

Thank you everyone who participated!!
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