Have you ever noticed that every summer day feels like a celebration? Like the possibilities are as endless as the blue skies and the fields of corn? The summer’s abundance can be seen and tasted at local farmer’s markets, where each basket is filled to brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables. Goshen’s Mill Race Farmers Market and Nappanee’s Farmers Market at Coppes Commons is a shrine to fresh, organic and homemade. Local growers fill tables with heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, sweet as sugar melons, you name it they grow it.

Summer along the Heritage Trail is ideal for outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, a walk through nature or a family outing to the park. The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, MapleHeart Trail, Millrace Canal Trail, Bonneyville Mill County Park, Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart Riverwalk, Central Park, Congdon Park and St. Joe River all offer a respite from the hectic pace of life.

Load the kids in the car on a hot summer day for a splash at an area pool, water park or splash pad. Check out the NIBCO Water and Ice Park, McNaughton spray Park, Pierre Moran Park, High Dive Park, and Ideal Beach.

What better way to share the joys of summer than with a few hundred thousand friends and neighbors at the County Fair. For nine days in July, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair unfurls 140 acres of family fun. As one of the largest county fairs in the nation, the action is non-stop. Learn from 4-H exhibits and demonstrations. Watch the rodeo and top-name grandstand entertainment. Cheer on harness racing, tractor-pulls and the demolition derby. Act like a kid again at the giant midway and stuff yourself on a bounty of fair foods.

And be sure to stick around for the Annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival in August. This festival welcomes over 300 artists and crafters from around the country. Live entertainment and scrumptious foods – everything from apple pie to zucchini bread – have helped to earn the festival the honor of being named one of Leisure Group Travel Magazine’s Top 50 Outstanding Festivals. More area events

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