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/
Chapel Hill Community Outreach announces its annual youth essay contest titled, “The True Meaning of Memorial Day.” The contest is open to all St. Joseph & Elkhart County, Indiana middle and high school students. Essay submissions will be received through April 30, 2018 from students enrolled in Osceola, IN area middle and high schools. Essay submissions from private, charter and home schools will also be accepted. A total of 6 prizes will be awarded; $500 will be awarded to one each middle and high school first place winner; $200 will be awarded to one each first place runner-up at both middle and high school levels and $100 will be awarded to one each second place runner-up in both middle and high school levels. For information call Community Outreach Coordinator, Lori Smith at (574) 674-5991.
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.
Birders of all experience levels (beginner, experienced, advanced) are invited to create a team for some friendly competition this spring. Each birding team (2-4 adults and any number of kids) will work together to find as many birds as they can within Elkhart County from March 1 - May 31. The challenge will conclude with a pizza party, photo show and cheers for all participants. Cost is $10/team and all sightings will be reported on a shared google sheet. Call 574-535-6458 before March 31 to register.
Led by Phyllis Miller, Coordinator Apr. 18, 20, 23, 25; 10:00-11:30 a.m. In the Greencroft Goshen Community Center Jennings Auditorium Travel around the world through personal stories from folks who have lived and worked in other cultures. The four sessions will be divided by countries: Afghanistan by Bill and Phyllis Miller; South Africa by Anna and Joe Sawatzky; Indonesia by Sally Jo and Ron Milne; and Iran with Ervin Beck and Nasim Rasoulipour (a Goshen College student who is from Iran). Learn about their daily living, the highs and lows of becoming a part of another culture, what they brought home with them and what they found here upon reentering. Phyllis Miller taught kindergarten in the Middlebury Schools. She and her husband Bill served with Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Mission Network and Goshen College’s SST program. Since retirement they have been involved in Mennonite Disaster Service, Service Opportunities for Older People.