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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 09, 2017 1:00 am

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With summer fast fading,fall fun is just gearing up

After a busy summer festival season, northeast Indiana takes a breather to return to school and celebrate Labor Day. But the break doesn't last long – another festival season begins in earnest this weekend, kicking off weeks of events that should keep area residents entertained and visitors returning.

The Grabill Country Fair, a perennial favorite, already is under way. Today's attractions at the fair, which will draw as many as 100,000 visitors over its three-day run, include crafts, games, gospel music and food – all highlighting the community's Amish heritage.

The West Central Home and Garden Tour is today and Sunday, with tours of 10 historic homes and a free arts festival, featuring music performances throughout each day and this evening. If you're impressed by downtown development, you'll be amazed to see what's happening in this near-downtown neighborhood.

And, of course, the TinCaps have extended the summer season with a first-round win in the Eastern Division Championship Series. Cheer them on in the next round at Parkview Field at 7:05 p.m. today.

Sunday, it's Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown. The annual event offers free admission, noon to 5 p.m., at 17 local attractions, including Science Central, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Riverfront Fort Wayne is offering walking tours in which you'll learn about the history, ecology and plans for future development. Tours depart from the cul-de-sac at the north end of Calhoun Street in Headwaters Park. 

The fall season also extends the window of opportunity to sample a new attraction – a canal boat cruise aboard the Sweet Breeze. Go to fwoutfitters.com to book your tour.

The granddaddy of autumn events is next weekend, when the Johnny Appleseed Festival marks its 43rd anniversary, drawing tens of thousands of visitors for the best in food and crafts. It shares the calendar once again with Middle Waves, a two-day music festival on the rivers. National acts, including MGMT, the Lemon Twigs and Super Duper Kyle are the main-stage attraction, but stages in Headwaters Park West are free and geared to all ages. 

Fort4Fitness Fall Festival is Sept. 29-30. There's a running or walking event for everyone, with registration open through Sept. 18.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is open through Oct. 8, then reopens for various Halloween-themed events scheduled from Oct. 13 to the 29th.

Downtown Improvement District's popular Fright Night event is set for Oct. 21. Plan your zombie costume now, or just plan to be there and watch the fun.

If it seems like a full fall schedule, consider those are just a few of the events in Fort Wayne – there's more in the Summit City and much more in northeast Indiana.