BLUFFTON - Pumpkins, apples, and cooler weather all signal the approach of Bluffton's Fall Festival which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29.This is a great day to bring the family and enjoy five different locations offering activities for young and old. The five locations are; Downtown Bluffton, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Mennonite Memorial Home, The Swiss Community Historical Society's Homestead and Suter's Corn Maze and Cider Press. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a hog roast at the Swiss Homestead later in the evening.
There is a new location this year for the Quilt Show. It will be held in the Middle School Cafetorium, downtown Bluffton. It is free and open to the public and you will be able to view a variety of lovely quilts and quilted pieces. Also downtown is the farmers market, kid's activities, food, a silent auction at the Senior Citizen Center, $4 movies at the Shannon Theatre and horse and wagon rides. The library will be hosting kid's make and takes until 2 p.m. and a book sale. At the Black Lab Trading Company will have author and Pastor Steve Yoder, signing his new children's book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At noon the Lions Club will draw the winning name from the 1991 Corvette Raffle at the farmer's market.
At Maple Crest Senior Living Village, you will find an antique tractor show and a kiddie tractor pull along with a fishing derby, live music, food, and Shirley's new popcorn. Maple Crest is located at 700 Maple Crest Court off Augsburger Road. The Mennonite Memorial Home will be having its silent auction, bake sale, kettle corn, the TLU rescue pets, and lunch. The Mennonite Memorial Home is located at 410 W. Elm St.
The Swiss Homestead will be open starting at 11 a.m. and it will have tours of the house, garden, barn and workshop. There will also be farm animals, blacksmithing and other period skill demonstrations, horse wagon rides, plowing demonstrations, and performances by a Swiss choir and other musicians. For lunch, various country foods (soup, Swiss cheese, fresh-baked bread, cider, popcorn) will be available for a donation to the Society. New this year is an expanded children's area with "king of the log" pillow fights, a straw bale maze, slingshot range, stilts and other old time games. The Buckeye Bernese Mountain Dog club will be on site demonstrating the drafting/carting abilities of these beautiful dogs developed near Bern, Switzerland. As a fund raiser, the Society will host a Hog Roast from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Homestead. Music will be provided by the Bluffton High School Fiddlers, and also by Audrey Willis on the accordion. Tickets ($8) for the hog roast meal will be available throughout the day of the festival at the Swiss Historical Homestead. The Homestead is located at 8350 Bixel Rd., Bluffton.
You won't want to miss stopping by Suter's Produce and running through the corn maze. This year the theme is "Fun on the Farm". They also have hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick out your own pumpkin. If you are thirsty you can view the antique cider press and taste some freshly made cider. Suter's is located at 8251 Road R, Pandora.
All locations are open to the public and many of the activities are free. There is also free transportation that will be available between the four locations but won't be going out to Suter's this year.