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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.

Ok vendors we are opening up spots for new vendors at the Fair! Some categories are full, but we have opened up several new spots. Please contact me if interested!! 260-312-5460. Thanks, Patty Rhodes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Grabill Country Fair added 356 new photos to the album: Grabill Fair 2016. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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