2017 is the 35th year for the Cider Days Fall Festival at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. The festival was originally held at Lake Perry, 30 miles away, and later at Lake Shawnee near Topeka. The festival has two elements. Inside the Expocentre, there are two large halls of arts and crafts exhibits. Although some vendors sell their own work, it appeared that many of the craft booths had mass produced items.
Outside there are pioneer demonstrations, animal rides, food and entertainment. Live music was more limited in 2016 with performances by Topeka Big Band, Ladies Acapella Group, and several young dance and gymnastic performers on the main stage.
When we visited the Cider Days Fall Festival in 2008, several of the vendors had food that looked appealing, but they had very long lines and I didn't have time to try them. I intended to buy cider to take home, but saw only one apple cider vendor, and they were charging $8/half gallon!
Discounted advance tickets may be purchased at Topeka area Dillon's Stores.
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