Apple Jack Festival

This weekend, we drove to Nebraska City to experience one of the country’s Top 12 Fall Festivals, the Apple Jack festival!

The festival covers the outskirts of Nebraska City, taking over the orchards, parks, and streets with craft fairs, parades, and events.

We began our day at the Pumpkin Ridge Craft Fair.

Liv enjoyed a pony ride with mama by her side!


Ponies weren’t the only things ready to be ridden. Liv also boarded the train!

The rides were so affordable. Pony rides were just $3 while the “train” fare was $2.

Shopping was also on the agenda. There were hundreds of vendors with unique products. John and I found several pieces that we wanted for our home, but we couldn’t fit them in the car!

Liv went home with a bow, pillow, and a balloon. This was just the beginning. Dad had other plans for Liv.

Read all about it on my latest post! Here is a preview. . .


After riding every animal and vehicle we could, Liv took a nap in the car while J. and I tried to buy what I came for. . .apples.

We stopped at the Kimmel Orchard, but it was so packed, we couldn’t even reach the line to pay for an apple yet alone pick a peck.

On the way out of town, we made a stop at Union Orchard. My favorite buys (besides my 10 lb. bag of apples) were a bottle of their signature apple wine and a 1/2 gallon of cherry cider, perfect for making sangria (which I tasted on site).

We will definitely be returning to Nebraska City to pick some apples next Fall. Next time, we plan to attend earlier in the season when it’s not as crowded, but we will still enjoy the festivities during the Apple Festival weekend as well!

It’s just a short drive from Omaha, and certainly deserving of top festival status!

Looking for more Fall Fun? Halloween is coming up, and you can join in the festivities at Omaha’s Great Pumpkin Run!



Go to to register, and enter GOBLINS for 40% off your entry fee(s)!


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8 comments for “Apple Jack Festival

  1. September 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Going to the Apple Jack Festival is definitely on my To Do list for Fall – one of these years we are going to get to go. Sounds like you had a great time with your family!
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  2. Kim
    September 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    It has been years since I went to the Apple Jack Festival, long before I had kids. We’ll have to go one of these years because my kids would love that “train” ride, and I’d love all the apple stuff.
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  3. September 25, 2013 at 2:35 am

    We went to the AppleJack Festival a few years ago. We loved the area, but definitely do remember the crowds. I definitely want to stop at an orchard sometime to actually pick some apples next time. Thanks for the post.

  4. Erin O'Brien
    September 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    What a perfect autumn thing to do! My husband and I made our first trip to Nebraska City over the summer for an anniversary meal at the Lied Conference Center. We meandered around the Arbor Day Farms grounds as much as we could (without going in, as it was closed) and knew we’d have to revisit over the fall. We didn’t make it to the Apple Jack Festival, but fall’s just getting started; plenty of time for us to get down there to visit a few orchards (and pick up some of that apple wine you mentioned!).

  5. September 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I usually get to be a part of the Apple Jack Parade. Not this year, but I’ll be back for next year’s parade. Glad you loved it, too.
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  6. September 28, 2013 at 2:42 am

    liv got to ride a pony, huh? is she coming to see cattle next? lol. looks like you had a great time!
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