Program Legacy:

35 Years and Counting for Headless Horseman and other Remarkable Programs and Community Traditions

I’ve often commented on the significant program legacy at Conner Prairie, particularly the four stalwart programs that for over 30 years have been community and family traditions – Symphony on the Prairie, Headless Horseman, Apple Store, and Hearthside Suppers. Yet another exciting outdoor season of Conner Prairie programs and family fun came to a close on October 28 after our 35th annual Headless Horseman festival.

While the weather hasn't been as kind to us as in years past it didn't dampen spirits or stop families from enjoying annual traditions like attending wonderful musical concerts on the lawn, being scared by our famous resident 'horseman' and new spooky residents of Conner Scary or purchasing scrumptious fall treats at the Apple Store. It's always such a joy to watch families come back year after year for fall fun at our legendary festival. And of course, it wouldn't officially feel like fall at Conner Prairie without the Conner Prairie Alliance graciously serving all sorts of apple treats, caramel apples and cider slushies at the Apple Store.

All of these programs and activities would not be successful without the hard work, dedication and even humor demonstrated by Conner Prairie staff and volunteers. I remained humbled and thankful during my 32-year career that I have had the good fortune to know and work with so many passionate and creative people who breathe life and fun into the organization. Thank you all!

Headless Horseman interview