Apple Store at Conner Prairie Celebrates 30 Years

When the Apple Store at Conner Prairie opens for its 30th year in a couple of weeks, a new treat will mark the significant milestone: A limited-edition pearlescent caramel apple.

“The traditional gift for a 30-year anniversary is the pearl so we’ve found a way to create a special hand-dipped pearlescent caramel apple this season,” said Marcilynn Keys, president of the Conner Prairie Alliance, a volunteer group that operates the store. “We’re sure it will be a hit.”

The Apple Store opens at 11 a.m. Sept. 1, offering a 15 percent discount on all items in the store. The store will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. During October’s Headless Horseman, hours will be extended until 9 p.m.

Products made and sold in the Apple Store include hand-dipped caramel apples, fresh popcorn, apple pies, gifts, candy and treats of all kinds. Long-time favorites returning this year include caramel apples dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with sea salt and Annie’s Apple, a freshly cut apple drizzled with caramel. Special discounts and promotions will be offered throughout the season on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“Each season, Alliance members dip thousands of caramel apples, pour cider slushies, bag hundreds of Indiana grown apples, bake dozens of apple pies and so much more to raise money for Conner Prairie,” Keys said. “We have raised nearly $1 million for Conner Prairie and we should surpass that mark this year.”

Conner Prairie Alliance is an all-volunteer women’s group founded in 1982 and dedicated to raising funds to support the mission and needs of Conner Prairie. Projects the group has supported include the museum’s 1859 Balloon Voyage, 1863 Civil War Journey, Discovery Station and Craft Corner, Animal Encounters and River Crossing.

Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

More about Conner Prairie: Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flicker and YouTube.

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