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Johnny Appleseed will be presenting the stories of his life and times
Saturday at 3:30 on the Main Stage and Sunday at 1:30 on the Main Stage
at River Park Square.

Johnny Appleseed


2 & 3


Festival Hours

Sat.,  June 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun., June 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

River Park Square, Plymouth, IN

Free Admission!

Steve McPhall (Johnny Appleseed)

travels barefoot through all of Indiana and Illinois

at fairs and festivals from April - October each

year. Yes, he is as historically correct to the real

Johnny Appleseed as he can be, walking barefoot.  

In 1986 he was awarded the Creativity Fellowship

Grant by the Eli Lilly Foundation after doing

historical characters in his history classes. He has

portrayed Johnny to hundreds of thousands of

people over the years, and he continues to walk

barefoot and meet the people who don't know

Johnny Appleseed yet.

"I guess I got into portraying Johnny Appleseed

by the back door. I was awarded a Creativity

Fellowship Grant by the Eli Lilly Foundation and after doing historical characters in my U.S. History classroom someone said, 'You could probably put Johnny on the road,' so it has been many years now of traveling as Johnny. I do lots of stage shows, strolling, and interacting with thousands and thousands of people.

Folks kind of shake their heads as I walk barefoot at some of these events but after twenty-nine years I guess I just have gotten used to doing "Johnny" as historically correct as I can. 

Probably the best thing about doing Johnny are

the friendships I have developed over the years

with other participants and organizers at the 

events, They are truly special."