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.
Experience vacation variety with activities galore.
Find the best of everything here.
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.
2018 Free Pictures with Santa! Linton’s Enchanted Gardens 315 CR 17, Elkhart Bring your camera and at least one non-perishable food item per person in the picture. (All food donations benefit Pantries & Kitchens United for Elkhart County) Saturday 11/3, 11am- 4pm(Open House Weekend) Sunday 11/4, 11am- 4pm (Open House Weekend) Friday 11/23, 11am- 4pm Saturday 11/24, 11am- 4pm Sunday 11/25, 11am- 4pm Saturday 12/1, 11am- 4pm Sunday 12/2, 11am- 4pm Saturday 12/8, 11am- 4pm Sunday 12/9, 11am- 4pm Saturday 12/15, 11am- 4pm Sunday 12/16, 11am- 4pm Wednesday 12/20, 11am- 2pm Saturday 12/22, 11am- 4pm Sunday 12/23, 11am- 4pm Monday 12/24, 11am- 4pm
Join Charlie Cauffman, local herbalist, to learn some of the traditional uses of herbs. Class will include how to responsibly harvest herbs, how to turn them into oils, soaps and salves and the importance of doing your research first. Traditional recipes and samples of herbal teas and coffees will be shared. Preregister By: 01/24/2019 12:00 a.m.
Calling all crafters! Discover the fun art of needle felting and learn how to create cute works of art sculpted entirely from wool! This intro workshop will cover the tools and materials to use, basic techniques of needle felting, and how to create a cute, needle-crafted animal to take home at the end of the class. All materials will be provided, but bring an old cushion or thick towel to use as a felting surface. You must pre-register. Preregister By: 01/12/2019 12:00 a.m.