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Fall Crafters Fair in Shipshewana, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Shipshewana, Indiana

Shipshewana, Indiana during the fall season. Photo provided by LaGrange County CVB and used with written permission.

By Tammy Tilley
LaGrange County CVB

Shipshewana, Indiana — There are crafts, and then there’s art. Visitors might experience some of both at Shipshewana’s 10th Annual Fall Crafters Fair scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2011. No admission fee is charged.

This three-day event features over 70 artisans and crafters both demonstrating and displaying their work. The central hub of all crafters center around the Blue Gate Restaurant and Riegsecker Marketplace, then branching out all around town.

Pottery, paintings, jewelry, baked goods, stained glass, along with a variety of items made by Amish crafters will be available for purchase, each day from 9 am until 6 pm.

Shipshewana Crafter

Shipshewana Crafter

In addition, family-friendly activities have been planned, from threshing and apple butter making demonstrations, to pony rides, antique tractor displays, chainsaw carving, clogging, and pottery-making.

Along with the many restaurants in town, food stands will be set up, featuring mostly Amish-made dishes.

An abundance of concerts are offered during the event as well. An outdoor venue will showcase free concerts throughout the day, and the Blue Gate Theater will host indoor concerts at 7 pm each evening. Tickets are required for the evening concert, and are available for purchase online, by telephone, or on the day of the show.

Blue Gate Theater performers include The Balos Family, The Bontrager Family, and Moonlight Bluegrass. Ticket prices vary, from $24 for the show, to $39 for dinner and theater, up to $239 for the concert, dinner, gift basket, carriage ride, and overnight hotel.

As usual, retailers throughout town will be offering their own discounts as well as decorating the storefronts and sidewalks with beautiful fall décor.

Shipshewana is in LaGrange County in northern Indiana, just south of the Michigan border, some three hours north of Indianapolis. For more information, call 888-447-4725 or visit

For more information on this and other events, contact:

(800) 254-8090