Date/Time: Friday June 1 & Saturday June 2
Location: West Main Street & Fountain Park
Van Wert is a special town with a special history. One part of that history is dedicated to a beautiful flower: the Peony.
At the turn of the century, during the early 1900's, Van Wert area gardeners grew this beautiful, aromatic flower in huge fields around Van Wert. Van Wert was known at that time as the Peony Capital of the world. The first Sunday in June was considered Peony Sunday, and in 1932 the celebration was expanded into the first Peony Festival.
The festival has grown to include a fishing derby for children, free entertainment, art & vendor show, The Peony Patio featuring adult beverages, great food vendors, a free concert on Friday night funded through Van Wert County Foundation, the Grand Parade, another free concert on Saturday night sponsored by the Peony Festival Board, a car show, self-guided garden tours, and various acts and dancers throughout the day on Saturday.