The Lake Latonka Fall Festival began in 1980 as a craft fair. The large red activity barn and its grounds provided a perfect location for a fall craft fair, and scenic Lake Latonka provided the perfect backdrop. The original festival included mostly crafters, and has grown through the years to include a wide variety of crafters, businesses and non-profits from around the region. The festival has always relied on volunteers from the community of Lake Latonka to make things work. Our dedicated volunteers cut vegetables by hand for our famous homemade soup, which you can get along with other delicious homemade offerings in our kitchen. Parking and admission are free, so our guests can be good patrons for our loyal vendors. The festival features all-day live entertainment, plus an all-day raffle with over $1,500 in prizes. There is a winner every fifteen minutes! You can also join in the Chinese Auction thanks to the generosity of our vendors!
In 2015 we decided to try something that would make the festival larger and better than ever: We added a second location, in our community building overlooking the beach at Lake Latonka. The results have been tremendous! The festival now boasts right around 120 vendors, with more than ever inside in case of sketchy fall weather. A free shuttle bus runs all day between the two locations, which are only a mile apart. We also feature a water taxi, courtesy of Nye's Marina, so guests can take a boat ride between locations on beautiful Lake Latonka!