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.
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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.
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
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/
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 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!
Bring the family to Riverbend Park to walk along the trail of story book pages. Read an entire children's book as you combine your reading experience with a walk through a beautiful, natural setting. Books will be changed periodically so stop by on a regular basis!
More than a million vibrant blooms • 17 gigantic gardens and 21 hand-painted super-sized murals • welcoming communities • Viewable FREE May 30 – September 15. The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening and art into a one-of-a-kind event. This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail. Every quilt garden and quilt mural has its own intricate pattern, many are original designs and each has its own unique story. Each of our unique communities that host quilt gardens & murals has its own special character and fun finds you’ll want to explore.
To commemorate the museum’s 40th Anniversary this collaborative all-media exhibit was conceived by artists Kathy Zienty & Todd Hoover. Their idea was to create a large, 4 x 10-foot mural of the museum as viewed from the intersection of Main and Marion Streets in Downtown Elkhart. Being the coordinator of the project Zienty shares how this idea emerged, “I was having a conversation with Todd Hoover about collaborative murals. As a former teacher, Todd had supervised the making of murals done by his students and I have painted many murals for various clients. It occurred to us that a mural in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary would be an interesting and creative project in which we could use the talents of 40 different artists who are involved with the museum.” Following this conversation, they began to develop the project further.
Together, they engaged with Earl Vandygriff to compose a photograph of the environment. The resulting image was then divided into forty 4x4 square inch images that were dispersed to 40 Michiana artists. In selecting the artists to participate Zienty said, “we sought to have a variety of styles, techniques, and mediums throughout the mural.” The artists would then interpret and enlarge their image onto a 12x12 square inch surface in their respective media and styles. This mural illustrates a community of creative minds that live in Michiana and it celebrates the cultural offerings available on Elkhart’s Main Street.
The finished product has been installed in the museum’s ‘spotlight’ gallery along with a key image that indicates the 40 Michiana artists who participated.
The exhibition will be on view at the Midwest Museum of American Art through Saturday, September 28, 2019. Meet some of the participating artists on Thursday, August 22 beginning at noon.The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday, from 1 - 4 p.m.