The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District’s Apple Festival is a biennial event held at the Allen County Farm Park in September of the even years.
This two day event provides entertainment and activities for all ages and is free and open to the public.
Pioneer and modern crafts persons demonstrate their talents as well as have items available for purchase. Delicious apple butter is cooked in copper kettles over an open fire and is available for purchase along with apples and apple cider. Demonstrations are given on the antique cider presses, showing the old fashioned way of making apple cider. An apple pie contest is held on Saturday with cash prizes.
Visit the large Children’s area and try your skills at stilts, hoop rolling and sack races. Join in the apple eating contest, pumpkin painting, pony rides, or go through the corn maze, climb the straw pyramid plus many other unique activities to take part in.
Take a tractor-drawn hayride and visit the frontiersman encampment. Enjoy the outdoor cooking demonstrations at the log cabin and antique apple orchard.
Entertainment is scheduled throughout both days for your enjoyment. Apple desserts, dumplings, homemade ice cream, sugar corn popped in a iron kettle over an open fire, sandwiches plus much more!
The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District’s Meet the W.I.L.D. is an annual event held typically on the first Saturday of October at McLean Teddy Bear Park.
Enjoy a Saturday evening with park rangers and friendly creatures of the night-time forest! Our Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Rangers will be on hand to meet and greet you and then escort you through the forest to meet our Wildlife In Legendary Disguise (costumed wild animals)! The short walk includes take-home treats for the youngsters and concludes with a bonfire for s-mores.
This event is a two-day event showcasing the process that maple syrup has been manufactured throughout history. Guided hikes offer glimpses into the way Native Americans, early settlers, and current producers make maple syrup. This is a free family-friendly event that takes place biennially, on even years during the first weekend in March.
Lauer Farms 1944
Travel back in time to 1944 at the Lauer Historical Farm to experience World War II. Interact with 150-200 living history re-enactors and watch as the Allied Forces battle the oppositional Axis Powers. One of the largest WWII re-enactment in Northwest Ohio.
- MILITARY CAMP LIFE
- EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES
- HOME FRONT SUPPORT
- LEARN ABOUT LIMA’S ROLE IN THE WAR
- MILITARY VEHICLES
- PLUS MUCH MORE!!