In the 1970s, the women of the Plainfield Friends Meeting would come together to hold a "Church Mouse Sale." They originally held the sale in the church basement, but over the years it expanded to the church lawn, and then in the 1980s a parade was added. The event continued to grow over the years, and now, 40 years later, the Plainfield Quaker Day Festival has become one of the best festivals in Hendricks County. 

If you've never been to this fun, family-friendly festival, I highly recommend checking it out. To get you started, I have provided four highlights you won't want to miss at this year's festival scheduled for Sept. 23:

Quaker Day Community Parade

I love parades, and the Quaker Day Community Parade always provides a great time. Local community groups come together to show their pride as they march through the streets of Plainfield. The parade starts at 10 a.m. this year and is absolutely kid-friendly. 

The car show is one of the most popular parts of Quaker Day.Car Show Under the Trees

From noon to 4 p.m., you can check out some of the most gorgeous classic cars around at the Quaker Day Car Show. They park the cars in the shade so a hot, sunny day doesn't keep anyone from enjoying them. Only the best of the best receive awards, and the proceeds from all cars registered in the show benefit The Gathering Together in Plainfield. 

Lunch in the Church Basement

One of the best parts of the Quaker Day Festival occurs during lunch. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can get pork chops, pulled pork, sloppy joes and more for sale at the Plainfield Friends Meeting church basement. My favorite part is the $1 hot dogs -- a cheap and easy way to feed my kids!

Gorgeous handmade items will be for sale at the Quaker Day Festival.Shopping Local Vendors

The Plainfield Quaker Day Festival features a huge variety of vendors selling handmade items all day long. You'll find handmade soaps, wooden kitchen items, knit and crochet pieces, baked goods, local honey and so much more!

There will also be inflatables for the kids to bounce on, and many local service groups sharing information. It's an excellent opportunity to purchase unique items and connect with the community. 

If you're ready to kick off the fall season with an excellent festival, here's what you need to know:

  • What: Plainfield Quaker Day Festival
  • When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 23
  • Where: Plainfield Friends Meeting, 105 S. East St.
  • Admission: FREE! But bring along cash to shop all of the awesome local vendors on site.