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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.
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. It’s easy to follow, packed with fun facts, and best of all, you set the pace. Start with a Free audio driving tour (available in CD or digital download)
Epic Art Adventures along the Heritage Trail You’ll be captivated at every turn as you discover the amazing public art along the Heritage Trail. 56 Seward Johnson life-size bronze sculptures and a 25-foot tall, 27,000 pound monumental scale sculpture. Viewable FREE Now - October 20 EpicArtAdventures.com
Every Friday, horse lovers from all over the United States join us for our weekly auction of Driving, Work and Saddle horses and Ponies. The auction begins at 10:30 am with Tack in the Livestock Barn.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens is pleased to announce a NEW, collaborative sculpture exhibit, on display from May 13 through September 30, 2017. Presented by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, with support from Vision in Mission and Goshen College, the exhibit features ten large, metallic sculptures positioned thoughtfully around the gardens for viewing enjoyment. All sculptures incorporate ‘found’ or repurposed materials, an important component for sustainability of our natural resources! John Mishler photoTwo of the pieces were created by nationally renowned art sculptor John Mishler, who specializes in the use of the common metals including aluminum, copper, steel, and stainless steel to create both abstract and symbolic works of art. Many of John’s outdoor pieces incorporate kinetic energy and have moving parts that turn with the wind. The “moving sculptures” have become John’s trademark. He has works in many public and corporate collections such as ESPN Zone, Chicago; Andrew Corp., Orland Park, IL; City of Elkhart, IN; Wisconsin Percent for Art Commission, U of Wisconsin; Madison & Walker & Co., and Reston, VA. He has works in private collections across the US, Canada & the South of France. Mishler’s sculptures will be accompanied by eight additional large-scale sculptures created by John’s former students and colleagues from the Goshen, Indiana area. Sculptures are numbered 1 through 10 and can be viewed (in order) walking counter-clockwise around the Garden’s main walkway. The exhibit is free with admission to the Gardens.
A son's journey, a father's hope. For as long as he can remember, handsome LEVI TROYER has loved playing baseball. He daydreams about playing in the major leagues, but with his father's expectations that he remain on the farm, he manages to keep most of his dreaming in check. All of that changes when a sports talent scout happens into town one day and catches sight of Levi's amazing fast ball. Impressed with both his pitching and batting skills, the talent scout offers Levi a deal he can't refuse. With the decision fully Levi's, how will he choose between his father's wishes of an Amish life and his own deepest dreams? What will it cost him? Levi's journey is one you won't soon forget in Blue Gate's newest musical, THE HOME GAME - A Son's Journey, A Father's Hope. Filled with laughter and drama, this newest Blue Gate production is sure to hit it out of the park!
Now from Blue Gate Musicals: something completely different. Mennonite Girls Can Cook!Watch the excitement, confusion, and just plain frantic fun when a small town cable cooking show, hosted by two Mennonite women, attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer. This idea recipe for hilarity will make you laugh your spatulas off as these lovely ladies gear up for the "Big Time" - and do their best to deal with their starstruck neighbors, who compete for their own fifteen minutes of fame. From the same team that brought you "Half-Stitched" and "Josiah For President", this brand new one act comedy joins faith, food, and friendship, and is inspired by the popular blog and subsequent cookbook "Mennonite Girls Can Cook," by Lovella Schellenberg and published by Herald Press
The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 100 acres. The vendors are open 8:00 am-5:00 pm every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September. Also open Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day! Vendors offer a variety of products and truly have something for everyone - quirky novelties, fresh seasonal produce, crafts, home decor, dollar items, clothes, garden supplies, cleaning supplies, beauty essentials, paper goods, jewelry, snacks, accessories, games, books, toys, furniture, baked goods, signs, silk flowers, t-shirts, pet supplies and everything in between. Open rain or shine. There are food courts, a sit-down restaurant and rest areas throughout the market. Scooter rental is available. Parking is $3.00 per vehicle (Starting Memorial Day); Admission is free. Want to see where a product or vendor is located? Download the free Shipshewana Flea Market mobile app for a vendor directory by searching "Shipshewana Trading Place" in the Google Play or App Store. Interested in becoming a vendor? Visit our website to apply. http://shipshewanatradingplace.com/flea-market/become-a-vendor/
Here they meet the Amish folk, whose convoluted English speech, clothes and habits haven’t changed for centuries. The clash of cultures educates and entertains at the same time in this quaint musical comedy. It was the first Broadway show for both composer Albert Hague and author Joseph Stein who each went on to win Tony awards for Redhead and Fiddler On The Roof, respectively.
Enjoy #Wakarusa Historical Ag Days and Wakarusa Chamber Tractor Show. Farm equipment demonstrations include threshing, baling, steam-engine use, lathe demonstrations and apple cider pressing. Enjoy food, fun and education. There will be a sparks show at dusk on Friday.
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Our Visitor Center is packed with beauty! #Quilt displays, a sculpture, #paintings and knowledgeable staff are located here to assist you in making your visit count. Stop in today.
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Yum. Shop at the Essenhaus Bakery. Fill your basket with unique made-from-scratch favorites like apple butter or delicious noodles. Breads, rolls, cookies and over 30 varieties of pie are available fresh-from-the-oven. #INAmishCountry
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ATTN: Parents! Looking for things to do with the kids this summer? Kids are having a great time checking out our 56 stunningly realistic life-size and 25-foot tall monumental scale sculptures in the downtowns & Quilt Gardens around Elkhart County. Plus, we have a fun activity booklet filled with coloring pages, crossword puzzles, creative writing, math and geography worksheets and other fun activities.
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One thing that is sure to be true of Elkhart County during the most vital time of the crop growing season there will be an abundance of just-picked produce.
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What languages are northern Indiana #Amish speaking? To find that out and much more visit Menno-Hof in Shipshewana.
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