Nearly 250,000 people are expected to flock to Johnny Appleseed Park this weekend for the 41st Johnny Appleseed Festival. Over 40 food booths and hundreds of craft booths will be at the event for all to enjoy. With so much riding on the weather, event organizers closely monitor the conditions. Like other festivals in Fort Wayne, an emergency action plan is in place. In fact, this emergency plan was used last year when a storm rolled through Fort Wayne on Saturday evening. About 100 patrons were moved to the Memorial Coliseum to wait out the storm.
This weekend’s forecast is not a total washout by any means. A storm system will bring the chance for a few morning showers, but those chances really begin to drop off during the late morning and early afternoon. After lunchtime, we should even see some breaks of sunshine. Temperatures will be rather fall-like, only climbing into the lower 70s during the early afternoon before falling back into the 60s later in the day. It will be breezy at times too, with wind gusts up to 20 mph possible. Sunday is looking drier with a mixture of clouds and sunshine, though highs will only be in the upper 60s to near 70°.
Event staff recommend wearing comfortable shoes if you’re coming out – especially those that have traction on damp grass.
The 41st Johnny Appleseed Festival runs from 10a-6p on Saturday and 10a-5p on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available at the Coliseum for $5, or you can park at IPFW or Concordia and ride a free shuttle over to the park.
For a full listing of food and craft vendors, click here.