Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Fort Wayne: Johnny Appleseed Festival: People and Song

The weekend of September 18-19 was incredible. It is one of the reason I like fort Wayne. The city is a small city but it has a lot to do. On the 18th I attended the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Breath of Afrika Festival and Viva Fort Wayne Festival. I heard bagpipes, African and Caribbean music and Mexican hip[hop, all in one day! The following evening I attended a matt maher concert at the University of Saint Francis.. Yep, ya got to work at it to get bored in the Fort.

Johnny Appleseed is one of the most famous festival in a city known for it’s festivals. This was the 35th anniversary of the first one. We celebrate the festival at, naturally, Johnny Appleseed Park. It is named after Johnny because Johnny Appleseed, or John Chapman is buried there.

The festival is crowded. It is next to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, a dam and camp grounds. The festival has food, kiddy games and rides, goods for sale, marching bands and lots and lots of music. All while folks are in period costumes.

Johnny Appleseed Festival: Hay, Songs and People

Johnny Appleseed Festival: Crowd and Singing

There were fife and drum bands, bag pipe bands, folk singers, traveling music and just lots and lots of entertainment.

Johnny Appleseed Festival: Bag Pipes

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