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Johnny Appleseed Festival Antique Tractor Show, Fun Pull, and Flea Market October 7 & 8, 2023

October 7, 2023 @ 9:00 AM - October 8, 2023 @ 4:00 PM EDT

This is our biggest event of the year!

As fall arrives this is the last chance to revive all of your senses, to create a mental picture that will carry you through the winter. Reviving your senses will be the making of apple cider, cooking sorghum molasses, popping the kettle corn, and sawing timber into lumber. You can catch a performance by Johnny Appleseed.

For those who have never participated in a tractor pull you can try your hand at it for $5 per pull. We will have a tractor to use with a seasoned tractor puller there for help.

 Visit the front of the Village: the Sherry Schoolhouse, the Chapel of Crosses Church, Doc Cameron’s Office, the Mark Center Post Office, the Minsel Barbershop, the Blacksmith shop, and the Ayersville Telephone Office. As you walk through the pioneer village, you will notice the Train Depot. You can pass through the depot, purchase a $2 ticket at the window and wait on the platform for the next train! The conductor will punch your ticket and tour you around the village grounds. Wave as you pass by!

The back of the Village can’t be missed! To the far south end we have two gems. These two structures were built during the Great Depression to house CCC workers. They later housed POW’s (mostly German) in the area. They have been moved to the Village and house our William Bensinger Military Museum collection and our Charles E. Slocum Natural History Museum collection. Don’t miss the sawmill and the Hale Logging Shanty, the woodshop, the Vaughn’s Lock Keeper’s House that was part of the canal system, and the two story Kinner Log Home.


October 7, 2023 @ 9:00 AM EDT
October 8, 2023 @ 4:00 PM EDT
Event Category:


Defiance County Historical Society
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First Day Open/Close Times:
9 am/5pm
Second Day Open/Close Times:
10 am - 4 pm
Available At The Event
Food Vendors, Demos, Merchants, Entertainers
Years Portrayed at Event
Late 1800s - Early 1900s
Education Day Date/Time
October 6, 2023 10 am
Next Year's Date
October 5-6, 2024


Auglaize Village and Farm Museum
12296 Krouse Rd.
Defiance, OH 43512 United States
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