• An Autumn Ritual: Heartland Apple Festival Returns to Hendricks County

    September 26, 2013 No comments

    In what has become a rite of fall much like the changing of leaves and harvesting of the fields, the 27th Annual Heartland Apple Festival will again offer four fun-filled days over two weekends next month at Beasley’s Orchard in Danville.

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    Award-winning apple cider, hand-dipped caramel apples, hayrides to find the best pumpkins in the patch and more memorable experiences await as the festival once again takes over the orchard from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 at Beasley’s Orchard, 2304 E. Main St., Danville.

    This family-friendly event really does have something for everyone with live musical entertainment, an arts & crafts marketplace, Indiana wineries, amazing food and fun activities for the kids.

    The children’s activities include a Kid’s Activity Zone with numerous games and activities presented by Sugar Buzz, Indy’s premiere children’s entertainer, an 8-acre Corn Maze, Ken’s Balloon Magic, Adzooks Puppets and more. Wristbands will be available for all kids’ activities.

    Tractor-driven hayrides also will run continuously each day offering visitors a tour of the farm on the way to the 15-acre pumpkin patch, where families can pick their own pumpkins.

    Beasley’s main stage will feature live music daily. The first weekend, the band Acoustic Catfish will perform their current folk and blues sound. The second weekend, Flatland Harmony Experiment, a vocally driven string band, will entertain on Saturday and Raven Road Band, a string band featuring a fiddle, mandolin and guitar, will perform on Sunday.

    This year’s exciting and challenging new Corn Maze themed, “Beasley’s Corn Dog,” was designed to bring awareness to animal rescue and adoption. 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.

    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, Hot Diggity Dog’s gourmet hot dogs and delicious sandwiches and of course plenty of fresh, hand-dipped caramel apples and homemade apple cider.

    Parking is $5 per vehicle during 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.

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