Amaranth Apple Festival


Friday, July 13, 2018 - Saturday, July 14, 2018


downtown Springfield, 5th and Adams, Springfield, Illinois


5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


One hundred years ago the original, world-renowned troubadour poet, Springfield native Vachel Lindsay, who some consider the father of spoken word slams, beat poetry and hip-hop, published his only novel. In it, he imagined a utopian Springfield in the year 2018. “The Golden Book of Springfield” is Lindsay’s dream of socially and religiously awakened residents who have transformed his hometown into a utopian paradise that serves as a guide to all of America. In the book, the Amaranth Apple is a mystical fruit which grew from seeds planted by Johnny Appleseed in the deceased (or was he?) skull/body of the fictional founder of Springfield, Hunter Kelly. And “he who eats of the Amaranth Apple” is filled with love for the eternal beauty of Springfield.

This year’s Amaranth Apple Festival celebrates its second year as a fresh, fun, weirdly-named art, music and culinary festival. Downtown Springfield Inc, the Vachel Lindsay Association, the State Library and many corporate sponsors are once again joining together to celebrate the true beauty of Lindsay’s hometown through literary, artistic, musical and culinary pursuits. This two-day festival in July is economically priced for all ages, attracting all demographics to the center of our city, featuring two stages, a children’s art area, and more.

Cost of Admission: $5-10

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