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Letter To The Editor - Mayfest Thank You


Gary Zehr

Executive Director

Shipshewana Retail

Merchants Association


To the Editor:

Another wonderful MayFest! Once again Shipshewana was blessed with two beautiful days to celebrate spring. Thank you to all our entertainers and food vendors, you help to make MayFest special. Our Grand Parade theme “Horsin’ Around in Shipshewana” brought out many great equestrian units, happens only in Shipshewana!

Our list of sponsors grows every year, each and every one of you is appreciated. Thanks to: 5 & 20 Country Kitchen, Amish Country Inn, Ben’s Bakery, Buggy Lane Tours, Chupp Auctions, Country Corral Restaurant, Davis Mercantile, Douglas Whitehead DDS, E&S Sales, Eash Insulation, Eash Sales, Farmers State Bank, Finish Works LLC, Forks County Line Store, Hubbard Feeds, Ideal Coatings, JoJo’s Pretzels, LaGwana Printing, Lake City Bank, Legendary Designs, Lehman, Hershberger & Associates, Miller Milling, Open Range RV, Parkview LaGrange Hospital, Shipshe Service, Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market, Shipshewana Fitness, Simple Sounds Inc., The Canvas Shop, The Landing, The Van Buren Hotel, Town & Country Hardware, Troyer’s Saddlery, W. Weaver & Associates, Wana Feeds, Wana RV Center, Wells Fargo Bank, Woodland Park RV, Yoder Insurance, Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware, Yoder’s Meat & Cheese, and numerous anonymous donors.

A special thank you to the Shipshewana Police Department, the Shipshewana Fire Department, the Alvin and Elsie Miller family for the beautiful flowers, and Jerry Hostetler, our parade announcer.

Saturday’s Grand Parade contained 85 units! Trophies were awarded to The Silver Lantern for Best Commercial Entry, the LaGrange County 4-H Club for Best Organization Entry, the 1928 Essex Coach from Hostetler’s Hudson Museum won the Historical-Classical Vehicle Entry, the Happy Days Club Child Evangelism Ministry for their Children’s Division Entry, to “Horsin’ Around in Shipshewana” mini wagons, mini horses for Best Theme and to the Cornerstone Ranch & Broken Y Arena for Best Equestrian Unit.

Congratulations to the Parade Grand Marshals, Mike and Kris Stutzman, and to the Grand Prize Art Awards winner Jonathan Yutzy.

Thank you to the over 15,000 attendees that made Mayfest a huge success, and a big thank you to the community. See you next year!