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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

Along the Heritage Trail More than a million vibrant blooms • 18 gigantic gardens and 21 hand-painted super-sized murals • welcoming communities • Viewable FREE May 30 – October 1. QuiltGardens.com

Shipshewana Antique and Miscellaneous Auction

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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.

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/

Never Forget Tribute Youth Art Exhibition & Contest

Feb 1st - Jul 31st, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

February 1st - July 31st, 2018 St. Joseph & Elkhart County, Indiana Schools, Youth Clubs, Youth Groups & Scout Troops are invited to participate in the Never Forget Tribute Youth Art Exhibit & Contest. The Never Forget Tribute Youth Art Exhibition encourages young artists to focus on honoring first responders, civilians and military heroes, tapping into their creativity and designing original works of art that will be displayed to honor the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. Through the Never Forget Tribute Youth Art Exhibit & Contest there are opportunities for classrooms/groups to receive cash prizes for their participation. Individual awards for both high school and middle school youth for all judging categories will also be awarded. The artwork will be set in place for the upcoming Never Forget Tribute taking place on Tuesday, September 11. The Tribute will take place at 6:00 pm at Chapel Hill Funeral Home located at 10776 McKinley Hwy, Osceola, IN 46561. For Contest Rules & Regulations, call Community Outreach Coordinator, Lori Smith at (574) 674-5991.

The Birds & The Bees: The Artwork of Ladislav Hanka at the Midwest Museum of American Art

Multiple Dates 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

he Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring the work of Ladislav Hanka from Kalamazoo, Michigan. The artist lives with his wife, sculptor, Jana Hanka, in a world of nature that involves their passion of apiculture or bee keeping. While Jana’s work is involved with the subject of horses, together they have become master apiarists. Lad Hanka collaborates with active hives as the bees create unique beeswax or honeycomb formations over the top of his hand-drawn etchings of birds (he is a trained ornithologist), trees, fish, & images of other insects. As a scientist, Lad Hanka was very involved with field study of nature. But, after obtaining his MFA from Western Michigan University, he decided on the path of artist as his main career. Hanka’s artwork examines themes of life, death and transfiguration – nature as the crucible in which the artist finds a reflection of his own life and meaning. Over the years that has meant going to visit old trees and drawing them from life, artist residencies, circumnavigating Lake Superior and of course angling for the various Trout and Pike he has needed as models for his etchings. The key here is that art is some kind of interaction with the experiences to be gained in this world and as one passes through those many experiences. The drawings and or etchings accumulate and be-come mementos from the artist’s experience. Most recently Hanka’s work, which is the subject of this exhibition The Birds and The Bees, has involved close collaborations with honeybees through placing his works into living hives. Today his work can be seen in over 25 galleries across Michigan and the Midwest. His work has been featured in exhibits in Russia and his ancestral home of Czechoslovakia. This exhibition will close Sunday July 15, 2018. Hanka will deliver a special gallery talk and show a mini-documentary about his work on Thursday, April 19 at noon. The talk and film will last approximately 45 minutes afterwards of which the artist will field questions in the exhibit galleries about the work on display.

Nappanee Farm & Flea Outdoor Market

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Non-stop action and 9 days of family fun are guaranteed at one of the largest county fairs in the nation. Kids show off prize farm animals from plump pigs to sleek horses, folks flock to the grandstand to watch rodeos, harness racing, tractor-pulls, a demolition derby and top name entertainers. A bounty of fair foods, plenty of demonstrations and a giant midway complete the experience.

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