38th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival

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The 38th annual Mapleside Farms Johnny Appleseed Festival will be held Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18 and promises to be bigger and better than ever with lots more to do. The event commemorates the birthday of Johnny Appleseed and is the official kick-off to the fall apple harvest season. The festival will take [...]

Monday September 12 2011

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The 38th annual Mapleside Farms Johnny Appleseed Festival will be held Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18 and promises to be bigger and better than ever with lots more to do. The event commemorates the birthday of Johnny Appleseed and is the official kick-off to the fall apple harvest season. The festival will take place on top of the hill at Mapleside Farms, overlooking 4,000 apple trees in the valley.

There’s always plenty of fun for the whole family—especially kids. All new this year is the addition of Pumpkin Village. It’s an all encompassing fun experience on the farm. It includes the Adventure Farm Jump Park with its 70 foot Giant Jumping Pillow—the largest of its kind in Ohio—with Ratllesnake Mountain, Kids Clubhouse, Snake Belly Tunnel, and Corn Box—along with the bigger and better corn maze—the Superhero Corn Maze, the Moo-lar Express Cow Train, Superslide, and Horse Drawn Hay Rides.

The Barnyard Petting Zoo will have over 20 animals for children to see and touch. Entertainment for all ages will include country music from Sunset Country, JP & the Chatfield Boys, Conestoga and Double Barrel along with Top Rail Bluegrass Band. There will be a Concert Over the Valley on Saturday night from 6 to 9 pm featuring Diamond Mind—a Neil Diamond tribute band. There also will be several dance troupes performing and over eighty craft and commercial exhibits.

New this year is a chain saw carving demonstration by chain saw artist Fredrick Gromley. He will perform several shows throughout the weekend. And of course, there will be an appearance by Johnny Appleseed himself.

There’s always plenty of great food at the Johnny Appleseed Festival. An outdoor barbeque will feature ribs smothered in Mapleside’s apple butter barbeque sauce, hamburgers, and pulled pork sandwiches. And of course, there will be plenty of homebaked apple pie, giant apple fritters, caramel apples, apple dumplings and apple cider.

Admission is just $4 for adults, $3 for seniors aged 60+, $1 for children ages 6 thru 12 and free for children 5 years old and younger. Some activities require an additional charge. Parking is free.

For more information, call 330-225-5577

Here is the entertainment schedule:

Saturday, Sept 17, 2011
10:00 – Noon……Double Barrel –  Kountry with a Kick
Noon – 1:00…….Pure Country Dancers
Noon – 4:00……Rainbow Rae Balloon Designs
1:00 – 3:00……..Top Rail Bluegrass Band
2:30………….…….Johnny Appleseed
3:00 – 4:00……..Jazz Energy Dancers
4:00………………..Johnny Appleseed
4:30 – 5:30………Mary Kay Manning Dance Studio
6:00 – 9:00………Diamond Mind  - Neil Diamond Tribute
Sunday, Sept 18, 2011
10:00 – Noon…….Conestoga – country
Noon – 1:00………Midwest Cloggers
Noon – 4:00………Rainbow Rae Balloon Designs
1:00 – 3:00………..Sunset Country
2:30………………..Johnny Appleseed
3:00 – 4:00……….Elite Dance Academy
4:00………………..Johnny Appleseed
4:00 – 6:00……….JP & The Chatfield Boys
ALL:………………The Barnyard Petting Zoo  & Chainsaw Demonstration

19 Comments

As someone who has visited Mapleside several times for the Johnny Appleseed Festival, I have to say this year was a complete disappointment for everyone but my son. The play area is awesome and the layout works well but charging admission so we can pay to shop at the vedor tents, buy food and babysit our kids? Come on. The treehouse and apple/pumpkin barn used to be free. Mapleside is well known and people will buy the produce simply because it’s local and it’s worth it…without the need for admission charges. The wristband is a good idea but only if it gets used. My dad came to watch his grandson have a good time only to find that he couldn’t enter any of the areas that required tickets or a wristband. It was nice of the ladies at the ticket booth to refund 2 of the wristbands that we didn’t use but I’m sure most people didn’t get that lucky. I bought 3 caramel apples, some candy and 3 1/2 gallons of cider plus the food we consumed in the vendor area. I think at the very least, you could offer people an admission refund if they buy something from the farm that is equal to or exceeds the admission price. I live in Parma and Brunswick is a bit of a hike just to be disappointed. Let’s just say I probably won’t be back :(


Not what we expected...September 21, 2011

I have been going to the Johnny Appleseed Festival for years and have always enjoyed all the arts/crafts. As a matter of fact, it used to be all arts/crafts. Who wants to go to a fall festival like this to see salespeople for windows, waterproofing, gutters, Lasik surgery? Are you kidding me? That right there was so disappointing – it turned from a fun fall festival to a commercial circus! The extra charges this year (meaning aside from the entrance fee) was the biggest rip of all. Families with children could go broke having to pay such high prices! The entrance fee should include everything.
My family and I will not return to this Johnny Appleseed festival in the future, unless of course, it returns to the fun fall festival it used to be. So let down . . .


DisappointedSeptember 19, 2011

I was there this past weekend and had an amazing time with my family and friends. I did not feel that it was too expensive. With all of the additions this year the cost makes sense. The best bet is to by the wristbands and have access to everything all day. Definitely looking forward to going back multiple times this fall.


Michelle ShipleySeptember 19, 2011

OK- I get it (from the postings here)…everything was an upcharge this year and perhaps that’s a sign of the times (and a bit of sticker shock for the kid’s parents)—
They can’t put this thing on and TRY to make money/break even to STAY IN BUSINESS. Perhaps it was TOO much too soon?
High expectations and dashed dreams.
BUT wait- it’s still IN business…and Mapleside is still a working apple farm (and not some McMansion Condo’s) and the food was (at least what I had) VERY good! Was it cheap? No. But memory serves me that it wasn’t much different price wise than in past years. The Pork Sandwich as well as the Ribs were really quite good with the corn on the cob. Chili was good too. I don’t think the food prices were out of line for what you got. I saw pop was $2 and water was $1 (who does that anymore?).

Sunday was a beautiful weather day and it was great to see people out enjoying themselves.
Cut the owners some slack here- it’s a BUSINESS and as such they have to cover costs and unfortunately the kids play area costs $$$ (perhaps they should seek underwriters- such as Medina County Gazette/Beuhler’s etc to SPONSOR the kids area???- Just a thought here- get reduced or eliminated costs).
Please be patient and support the effort.
I for one will be back to enjoy the beauty that is and hopefully always will be Mapleside. Mapleside-May you have many more years of success in all of your endeavors. You have a gem and I trust that it will continue with guidance-well into future generations.


Patrick ColvinSeptember 19, 2011

The posters here are accurate. The only thing you get to see with your entrance fee is the stage show. The wood carving is in the corner and if more than two families are watching, you can’t see anything. The wristbands prices are crazy and the lines were worse than Cedar Point! 1.5 hours waiting in line for a 5 minute ride around the trees. Really? Then you are going to charge $2 for a pop and $2 for water? Wow.. very disappointed.. This family of 5 won’t likely be going back…


Sad from StrongsvilleSeptember 19, 2011

Very disappointed. They ran out of apple butter and apple fritters. How does that happen?


amySeptember 19, 2011

I agree, the costs were too high for the kids activities. We paid the the wristband, but only went in the maze because the lines for the slide and the cow train were way too long, and then they wanted extra money for the hayride. We will not go back :(


JohnSeptember 19, 2011

I will never return as the costs to participate in anything were so ridiculous, it left me speechless..we 12$ to get in, $36 dollars to eat burgers with nothing on them plus corn and drinks, and by then i had no money left for my kids to do anything!! They wanted $6 for the jumping tent. Are you kidding me? What an expensive waste of a day.


gineaSeptember 18, 2011

Went today and yes it cost the 4 of us $10.00 to walk around and then $36.00 more for wristbands. I agree they should not charge for parents who already paid to get in. I could not allow my children to run through the corn maze unattended that is not acceptable. This is a HUGE ripoff and I will not go again.


JuliaSeptember 18, 2011

Was very dissappointed in the festival this year. We have been going for years. There did not seem to be much there this year. Use to be that you could walk down the hill for free. Not this year.Charge $12.00 for a wrist band for kids and charge the parents to go along. What a joke. My family will be looking for some place else to go next year.


CindySeptember 18, 2011

So sad to see the problems listed here. I’m a little afraid to go now.


MelanieSeptember 18, 2011

I went yesterday with my mom,brother and 2 nieces age 2 and 7. The cost of admission was ok, BUT for parents to have to pay for tickets to supervise their children was stupid to say the least !! Are you going to be responsible for the children whose parents dont want to pay to enter? so I should just leave my child to venturre along the bottom of the hill alone? What a racket have no choice to pay your extra fees just to make sure the children are safe!!! very disappointed:(


AmySeptember 18, 2011

Went today and the previous posters are right! I spent 8 dollars to get myself and my 4 kids in through the gates. That only allowed me to walk around and look at vendors items. The kid area, while it looks great, costs an arm and a leg. Only two of my kids wanted to do the jump zone as my older 12 and 10 year old were not interested. They did not allow myself or my oldest two to enter into the kid zone unless we also paid $8 to purchase the wristband. They wanted me to pay an additional $24 just to watch and supervise my youngest two. The wristbands should have been all that was needed to play and we should have been able to enter the area. But we were not allowed. What a RIPOFF!! The hayrides were an additional $3 per person. As I watched from the other side of the fence, hoping my kids were ok inside the area, I counted 3 separate people smoking. There was only one worker inside this zone to line up kids on the bouncy mat. I asked a worker if it was ok to smoke and of course she said no…there is hay everywhere….and yet there was no signs posted for these ignorant guests to remind them that this is a kid zone full of flammable hay! These new owners need to get their act together…I will never go back!


SSeptember 18, 2011

Don’t take kids, they charge you extra for EVERYTHING! Parents pay a total of $8 to get in just to get raked for everything the kids want to do. Otherwise, I paid $4 for the right to get in and buy more stuff.


Ripped OffSeptember 18, 2011

I just got home from this festival that I haven’t been to in a number of years…My son loved the tradition when he was small and decided to start one with his children. Somebody needs to better plan the “gate”costs and the children’s play area costs.. I feel that it was totally inappropriate to charge to get in….then…have to spend extra in money and time waiting for everyone to figure out what events their children want to do…if you want to go on the hayride..that was more money.. It cost me..a grandmother.. a total of $11.00 to watch the kids play and walk around…rediculous.$3 for the gate was fine, but $8.00 more…Uncalled for.. And there was too much confusion at the ticket area by the kids play area…It was a disappointment….we won’t be back.


KarenSeptember 17, 2011

Been a resident of Brunswick sine 1986…been to the festival every year! Looking forward to another outstanding event. What a gem right here in our city!


RobinSeptember 17, 2011

Looking forward to going this year, it will be our 2nd year, and my family and I so excited that Fall is finally here! They love picking there own apples, and doing all the fun activities that they will have for the kids!! Its going to be a great weekend! Hope to see everyone there! God Bless…


HollySeptember 17, 2011


My family and my sister’s family are really looking forward to the festival. This has become an annual tradition for all of us for many years.


Annette S.September 16, 2011


Looking forward to it! It’ll be our first ever. Bringing friends from Congo!


MariettaSeptember 13, 2011

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