The Welcome Mat is Always Out You’ll soon realize that while our communities are connected by several common threads – friendly hometown hospitality, for one – they each claim their own distinct personality.
Buggies clattering along country roads here are idyllic reminders of this region's rich Amish heritage of hard work, devotion to family and a simple life lived well. Yet there’s more to the Elkhart County story.
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Horse-drawn buggies clattering down rural lanes, men sporting suspenders and broad-brimmed straw hats, women clad in simple homemade dresses and modest bonnets, tables groaning under a bounty of fresh-from-the-farm food.
Voted a USA Today Readers Choice and named one of America’s “Most Scenic Drives” This scenic winding loop explores welcoming communities, area attractions and Amish life.
The Shipshewana Antique & Miscellaneous Auction is held every Wednesday, year-round. The auction starts by the sound of the bell at 9:00 a.m. as six to ten auctioneers simultaneously sell antiques, collectibles, estate items, primitives, glassware, furniture, architectural salvage, advertising signs and so much more. Our main market thrust is for the better-quality antique and collectible type items, however as one of our old-time auctioneers, Argie, used to state, "We sell anything from soup to nuts!" An average auction will take auctioneers from 9:00 a.m. until 1-3 p.m. in the afternoon. Restrooms and the Auction Snack Bar are located in the auction building. Buyers may preview auction items in the barn on Tuesdays (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Wednesdays (5:30 a.m. to Auction Time). Or, preview auction listings and item photos online at auctionzip.com, auctioneer ID #1945. Photos will be posted by 5:00 pm every Tuesday. A buyer number is required to make purchases. There is a $5.00 Buyer Card Fee. Additional cards are $1.00. Buyer cards are valid for one calendar year, and new cards are required each year. A valid driver's license is required to obtain an auction buyer number. Please show your buyer number card when making purchases and payments.
The Shipshewana Livestock Auction is held every Wednesday, year-round as farmers from all over the Midwest come to trade hay, pigs, cows, sheep and goats. Weekly Livestock Auction Schedule: 10 a.m. Hay 10:30 a.m. Feeder Pigs 11 a.m. Dairy Heifers / Dairy Cows 12:30 p.m. Feeder Cattle 2:30 p.m. Veal, Sheep, Lambs, Goats 4 p.m. Butcher Bulls, Fat Cattle, Cows 7 a.m. – noon Hog Market All livestock and hay auction buyers should get a buyer number in the livestock office prior to bidding. Please show your buyer number card when making purchases. There is a 5% buyer’s premium on purchases, which will be waived if you pay with cash or check. For Livestock Appraisals, call Keith at 260.336.6008. Enjoy delicious home-style cooking at the Auction Restaurant located on site. For more information about buying and selling at the Shipshewana Livestock Auction, or for a current livestock market report, visit: http://shipshewanatradingplace.com/auctions/livestock/
Shop for antiques, farm-fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and collectibles at this weekly outdoor market on the grounds of the historic Coppes Commons shopping complex. The market runs each Saturday from June through September 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Be sure to stop inside Coppes Commons to visit Dutch Lady Antiques, Culinary Mill Market & Deli, Market St. Fabric Co., Nappanee Bakery & Treat Shoppe, Rocket Science Ice Cream, Light of Grace Book and Gift Store, The Teapot & More and Lera's Rugs.
The exhibit presents a wide range of domestic folk arts gathered from Old Order Amish communities in primarily Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in north central Indiana. Quilts, comforters, clothing, dolls, rugs, pincushions, sewing caddies, etc. The exhibit includes several rare pieces of paint-decorated furniture—chest of drawers, blanket chest, one-drawer stand—dating from as early as 1871. These objects come from a recent gift to Goshen College, by generous donors, of material collected, beginning in 1977, by David Pottinger, formerly of Honeyville, Indiana, now of Goshen. Other Amish collections from Pottinger are held by the Museum of American Folk Art, Indiana State Museum, Illinois State Museum and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Curated by John Mishler, David Pottinger and Faye Peterson. Sponsored by the Art Department and the Mennonite-Amish Museum Committee, both of Goshen College. For more information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Historic Downtown Wakarusa in the fall to witness the Giant Pumpkin Tree - smack-dab in the center of the town at Waterford and Elkhart streets. It’s the perfect spot to get in the fall spirit and enjoy the other fall decorations that the community puts up.
Children ages 3-5 learn about the natural world around them through stories, music, games and activities. Play and Learning Initiative and Exploration, Flexible Thinking, Attentiveness and Persistence, and Social Interaction. Program is Free with Membership or Standard Admission, but registration is encouraged that we may plan for supplies.