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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! Shipshewana was blessed with two cool but beautiful days to celebrate spring. Thank you to all our entertainers and food vendors – you help to make MayFest special. Our Grand Parade theme “Paint the Town” brought out many parade entries.

Our list of sponsors grows each and every year and each and every one of you is appreciated. Thanks to: 5 and 20 Country Kitchen, Buggy Lane Tours, Chupp Auctions, Davis Mercantile, Douglas Whitehead DDS, Eash Insulation, Farmers State Bank, Finish Works LLC, Forks County Line Store, Green Meadow Houses and Feeders, Ideal Coatings, INTerra Credit Union, JoJo’s Pretzels, LaGwana Printing, Lake City Bank, Legendary Designs, Miller Milling, Open Range RV, Parkview LaGrange Hospital, R H Yoder Woodworking, Riegsecker Organization, Shipshe Service, Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market, Simple Sounds Inc., Streamside Woodworking, T and L Canoe Rental, The Canvas Shop, The Landing, The Silver Lantern, W. Weaver and Associates, Wana Feeds, Wana RV Center, Wells Fargo Bank, Woodland Park RV, Yoder Insurance, Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware, Yoder’s Meat and Cheese, Yoder’s Popcorn, and numerous anonymous donors.

A giant thank you goes to the Shipshewana Police Department, the Shipshewana Fire Department, the Alvin and Elsie Miller family for the beautiful flowers and Michael Christner, our parade announcer.

Saturday’s Grand Parade contained 87 entrants! Trophies were awarded to T and L Country Canoe for Best Commercial Entry, the LaGrange County 4-H Dog Club for Best Organization Entry, Chitty Chatty Bang Bang won the Historical-Classical Vehicle Entry, the Happy Days Club Child Evangelism Ministry for their Children’s Division Entry, Paws With a Cause from The Silver Lantern won for the Best Theme and Wilderness Ridge from Chupp Auctions for Best Equestrian Unit. Congratulations to the Parade Grand Marshals, Dan and Dawn Byler, and to Bryan Yoder, a 1st grader at Shipshewana Scott Elementary School, the Grand Prize Art Awards winner.

An extra special thank you needs to go out to Madison Weir, a junior at Westview High School, for designing the 25th Year Anniversary MayFest Logo.

Thank you to the all of the attendees that made Mayfest a huge success, and a big THANK YOU to the Shipshewana community. See you next year!