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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

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Itins & Top Tens

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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.

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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.

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Sculpture in the Gardens: Heavy Metal at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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.

Free Pictures with Santa at Linton's

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

2017 Free Pictures with Santa! Linton's Enchanted Gardens, 315 C.R. 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, 11/4, 10am- 4pm(Open House Weekend) Sunday, 11/5, 10am- 4pm (Open House Weekend) Saturday 11/11, 10am- 4pm (Pets Welcome this day also! Bring a pet food donation) Saturday 11/18, 10am- 4pm Friday 11/24, 10am- 4pm Saturday 11/25, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/2, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/9, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/16, 10am- 4pm Wednesday 12/20, 11am- 2pm Thursday 12/21, 11am- 2pm Friday 12/22, 11am- 2pm Saturday 12/23, 10am- 4pm Sunday 12/24, 10am 4pm

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/

Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest

Jan 10th - Apr 30th, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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.

American Portraits from the Permanent Collection at the Midwest Museum of American Art

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

As an adjunct to the museum’s Story of American Art survey of 200 years, this exhibit complements the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional by including several well-known Michiana artists whose works are found in concert with major artists of the past. The timeframe covered by the 21 works in “American Portraits” features images from the 19th Century through the 21st Century calling into question ideas of gender, race, age, politics, and social conditions. Since the human image has been a constant presence in art since the beginning of time, these portraits show the faces that not only record the presence of the sitter but reflect the artists’ personal visions carrying the ideas and opinions about the human condition for viewers to ponder. Portraiture in American Art was a dominant form until the art of the landscape became popular by mid-to-late 19th century. Included in the MMAA collection highlights are works by Tuck Langland, Granger, IN, David Labrum, South Bend, IN, Brandon Briggs, Bowling Green, OH, and Harry Ahn, Berrien Springs, MI. Paintings by Joseph Sheppard, Baltimore, Maryland, Maxine Schacker, Toronto, Canada, and Douglas Hofmann, New York, are also included. Historically recognized artists associated with the exhibit Ivan Albright, Mary Cassatt, John Steuart Curry, John Singer Sargent, Raphael Soyer, and Andy Warhol

Along the Heritage Trail

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  • ATTN: Parents! Looking for fun things to do with the kids? 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.

  • Amish hands and skillfully blended basics create some of the best baked goods weve ever tasted. Try the supersized cinnamon rolls at Country Lane Bakery. The tiny, gas-lit shop is surrounded by rolling fields and grazing horses.

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  • The St. Joe River offers endless options for fishing and wildlife watching. You might see a blue heron or bald eagle; minks and muskrats have been spotted on shore. If angling, smallmouth bass and northern pike are plentiful.

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  • The Amish are known for their woodworking skills. The Schmucker brothers at Homestyle Furniture (1359 W. Market) specialize in hand-crafted furniture while Mint City Millwork (3013 Birch Road, Bremen) specializes in tall case and mantle clocks. Henry Chupps hand-carved walking sticks are works of art. See his hand-hewn creations at Chuppville Carving (11726 N. 1000 W.).

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    #Attraction #HTAdventures See a play at @ectheatre and learn about Percy, their resident ghost. https://t.co/bYklRtknIC

  • Here's a fun event happening in #Shipshewana today -- the National Yoder Reunion. Yoder is a common last name among the Amish and Mennonites, and there will be even more Yoders in town. Stop by Yoder's Meats and Cheese and Yoder's Department Store to feel like a Yoder today.

  • This weekend along the Heritage Trail:Friday: Nappanee Apple Festival; Middlebury Fall Festival; "Saturday Night at Old Smokey" at the Essenhaus; Tony Orlando at the Shipshewana Event Center; "Sister Act" at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre; Saturday, Newberry Square Swap Meet at Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market; Maple City Walk in #Goshen, Nappanee Apple Festival, Middlebury Fall Festival, "Saturday Night at Old Smokey" at Essenhaus, Elkhart County Symphony at The Lerner Theatre and Summer Dance Elkhart on the Civic PlazaSunday: "Sister Act" at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre, Nappanee Apple Festival, Purdue Varsity Glee Club at The Lerner Theatre.