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Conner Prairie Celebrates the Country Fair, 1880s Style

Did you get a chance to visit your county fair or the state fair? Conner Prairie doesn’t want you to forget the experience. They are hosting their 12th annual Country Fair on Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, so guests can experience what the fair was like in Indiana in 1886.A Conner Prairie interpreter explains life in 1880s Indiana to my daughters

They’ll feature hayrides, tractor parades, 19th century fair food — no deep-fried butter here — a vintage baseball game, and different eating competitions, like pie eating, watermelon seed spitting, tug-of-war, sack races, and other games Hoosiers played 125 years ago.

During the Country Fair, guests can explore the tent of wonders, see a medicine show, take a hayride, ride a pony, and enjoy fair foods, music and entertainment.

And you’re getting there just in time, because Conner Prairie’s Apple Store will be selling its famous hand-dipped caramel apples the entire month of September. You can also try a real applesauce cake in Prairietown, and taste a variety of heirloom apples.

There will also be a kids pedal tractor pull contest on Saturday, September 18th, from 10 – noon. Kids of all ages, up to 70 pounds, are welcome to compete. You can register for the WFMS kids tractor pull on their website.

On Sunday, Sid the Science Kid from PBS Kids will be available to meet and greet guests from 12 – 4 p.m.

Admission & Hours

  • Country Fair festivities are free with Conner Prairie general admission.
  • Admission is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, $9 for youth (ages 2 -12) and free for members and youth under two.
  • Hours are Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Photo credit: Erik Deckers

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