The 49th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival will be held at the Village Park in Apple Creek on July 18-19, 2014. This year we are celebrating the Bicentennial of East Union Township. The earliest settlements in the township were East Union, Honeytown and Edinburgh being the largest. Simon Chaffin Sr. is credited with having named East Union Township which was organized on Sept. 5, 1814. Chaffin was a native of the town of Union in Lincoln County, Maine. He was a blacksmith and moved into Wayne County in 1813 and settled in the area which became East Union Township. Edinburg was located at the intersection of US 250 and Apple Creek Rd. and some of the settlers were of Scottish ancestry from Edinburg, Maine. Around 1854 a railroad line was located east of Edinburgh on Main Street and was named Apple Creek Station and businesses were building around there. In 1855 Edinburgh and Apple Creek Station joined together and the Village was named Apple Creek. Get a Wooden Nickel commemorating the Bicentennial.
On Friday, July 18, Chicken BBQ (by Roman Hochstetler on site) will start at 4:30. With Flag Raising at 5:00. Friday will feature the Princess Contest, Queen Crowning, Special Outstanding Citizen Award, Honored Citizen/s, Cake Walk, also Bingo and 50/50 Drawing. There will be Inflatables for youngsters, the Apple Creek Baseball Tournament, also Corn Hole players and Vendors on the ground. Entertainment will be the Apple Creek Blue Grass Band.
On Saturday, July 19, the Parade starts at 3:30, from Dale James Ford to the Village Park. Johnny Appleseed portrayed by Jack Pealer will lead the parade after the Legion Honor Guard. Chicken BBQ by Roman Hochstetler starts at 4:00 with Flag Raising at 5:00. Other events include Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, Bingo, Pie Eating Contest, Youngster’s Tractor Pull, Parade and Pie Baking Winners, Pie Auction, Inflatables for youngsters, Beer Barrel Roll, 50/50 Drawing and the Apple Creek Baseball Tournament. Vendors on site. Corn Hole players are welcome. Entertainment will be by John Schmid.