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Cities & Towns

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.

Cities & Towns

Our History

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.

Our History

Pumpkinvine

Experience vacation variety with activities galore.

Pumpkinvine

Itins & Top Tens

Find the best of everything here.

Itins & Top Tens

Amish Culture

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.

Amish Culture

Drive The Heritage Trail

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.

Heritage Trail
Drive The Heritage Trail
Quilt Gardens

Quilt Gardens

Along the Heritage Trail More than a million vibrant blooms • 17 gigantic gardens and 21 hand-painted super-sized murals • welcoming communities • Viewable FREE May 30 - September 15. QuiltGardens.com

Shipshewana Livestock Auction

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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/

Shipshewana Horse Auction

Multiple Dates 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

The Shipshewana Horse Auction is held every Friday, year-round. Horse lovers from all over the United States join us for our weekly auctions of driving, work, saddle horses, ponies, and tack. Weekly Horse Auction Schedule: 10:30 a.m. Tack 12:30 p.m. Saddle Horses, Ponies, Work Horses, Loose Horses, Driving Horses All horse and tack 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. All horses purchased should be picked up immediately following the sale. Enjoy delicious home-style cooking at the Auction Restaurant located on site. For more information about buying and selling at the Shipshewana Horse Auction, visit https://shipshewanatradingplace.com/auctions/horse/

Shipshewana Antique & Miscellaneous Auction

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shipshewana Trading Place holds Antique & Miscellaneous Auctions every Wednesday, year-round, at 9 a.m. Move from ring to ring catching the best deals on a wide variety of merchandise as six to ten auctioneers simultaneously sell inside the Shipshewana Antique Building every week. Find furniture, antiques, primitives, art, glassware, pottery, household items, tools, sporting goods, architectural salvage, estate items, books, and the list goes on and on! Each Wednesday the auction is completely different as sellers from all over bring in their picks and finds. An average auction will take from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The auction is held in the Shipshewana Auction Misc. & Antique Building (an 80' by 200' enclosed facility, heated in the winter and open-air in the summer). Restrooms and the Auction Snack Bar are located inside. Every Wednesday we have people in attendance from all across the country. Many of our customers are here every week, both buyers and sellers, while every week there are people in attendance for the very first time. First time or for the last 40 years, we appreciate your business. If you are interested in selling, give us a call at 260-768-4129 to reserve your auction space. If you are wanting to buy - one time or a box truck full, this is the place!

Blue Star Museum Program at Ruthmere Museum

May 25th - Nov 11th, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Beardsley family has a long tradition of civic involvement -- the idea of America as a unique political experiment is reflected in this series of celebrations honoring our country and the men and women who serve it. Ruthmere is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museum program -- free admission to all active duty service men and women including their families. On the following listed holidays, each visitor will receive a free American flag with their tour. May 25th Beginning of Blue Star Museums, May 26th Memorial Day Observed, June 14th - Flag Day, July Independence Day (observed July 3rd), Sepember11th - Patriot Day, and November 11th Veterans Day (observed November 10th)

The Old Faith, Hope, and Charity at Essenhaus' Heritage Hall

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

When country doctor Peter Farraday is faced with retirement, he begins a search for his replacement. The only interested candidate is Dr. Lorraine Marcus, a young physician fresh out of medical school and eager to be needed. When Farraday takes her on, there is a warmhearted grand collision of old ways and new ways. Witness the hilarious misunderstandings, odd assortment of small-town patients, and the comedic struggle for Lorraine's affections when two suitors come to call. Written by Pat Cook, produced by special arrangement with Lillenas Publishing Company. Directed by Kevin Eyer. Performance are at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Gateway Mile Auto Fest

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Talk to owners, interact with car buffs, get a photo with your dream car, enjoy live music, and grab some great food- all while enjoying vibrant Downtown Elkhart. This year take the Friday evening cruise through downtown Elkhart. Rain date is July 27.

Along the Heritage Trail