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25th Heartland Apple Festival in Danville, Oct. 1-2 and 8-9

The pumpkin patch at Beasley's Orchard in Danville.

The pumpkin patch at Beasley's Orchard in Danville. Photo provided by Hendricks County Tourism and used with written permission.

By Jamie Bohler Smith
Hendricks County Tourism

Danville, Indiana, Sept. 22, 2011. — As the fall season approaches, many people get that anticipation and excitement for all the fun-filled days ahead. At Beasley’s Orchard, autumn’s arrival brings award-winning apple cider, hand-dipped caramel apples, hayrides to find the best pumpkins in the patch and more memorable experiences as the 25th Annual Heartland Apple Festival takes over the orchard.

This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1-2 and 8-9 at Beasley’s Orchard, 2304 E. Main St., Danville. The festival offers live musical entertainment, an arts & crafts marketplace, fun activities for the kids, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a 6-acre Corn Maze and a wide array of delicious food.

The Kid’s Activity Zone, featuring “Sugar Buzz”, will offer fun games and activities for toddler to school-age children. New this year, steer-roping and cow-milking contests, pony hop, corn crib, hay mountain and a host of other games will entertain young guests. The talented face painters and Ken’s Balloon Magic return, and Adzook’s Puppets, located next to the main stage, will offer classic and humorous puppet shows for the entire family. Tractor-driven hayrides also will run continuously each day offering visitors a tour of the farm on the way to the 12-acre pumpkin patch.

The main stage will feature live music daily. The first weekend, the band Area Code 812 will perform their acoustic bluegrass, folk and country tunes. The second weekend, Acoustic Catfish will present their current folk and blues sound.

This year’s exciting and challenging new Corn Maze themed, “Get Lost in a Book,” was designed to encourage reading throughout one’s lifetime. The maze is navigated through a series of questions on a passport. If a question is answered correctly, you will be led in the right direction. However, if you answer a question incorrectly, you will be led in the wrong (slightly longer) direction. The maze is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. each Sunday now through Oct. 30.

A wide array of high quality arts and crafts will be found in the outdoor marketplace, from hair bows, purses and wreaths to hand-carved wooden masterpieces and other gifts. Some of the food options will include St. Augustine’s rib eyes and apple dumplings, the Hendricks County Pork Producer’s pork burgers, Boy Scout Troop 302’s fried biscuits and homemade apple butter made fresh using Beasley’s apples, kettle corn and Hot Diggity Dog’s gourmet hot dogs and delicious sandwiches.

Parking is $5 per vehicle throughout the event. For more information about the festival or Corn Maze, visit www.beasleys-orchard.com or call (317) 745-4876. For the latest farm updates and great deals, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beasleysorchard.

The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life.   Find us on Facebook by searching Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @FastTracktoFun. For more information, visit our website at http://www.TourHendricksCounty.com/ or call 317-718-8750.

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