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Letter To The Editor - National Clydesdale Event


Phil Malone

Howe Community Association


To the Editor:

     The corridor from the Indiana Toll Road to the village of Howe is the most accessible gateway to the town of LaGrange and LaGrange County. Because of that accessibility, LaGrange County was fortunate to attract one of the biggest events in the country – the 2012 National Clydesdale Event of the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA, held at the Michiana Event Center this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

     Much thanks is due to Kara Garrett, Freeman P. Miller and Dennis Fry for facilitating an event of this magnitude. Visitors from as far away as Canada, and both coasts converged here and the county benefited as a result. It was a pleasure to see the Budweiser teams and other beautiful Clydesdale horses that were brought to this event.

     The people of Howe were especially glad to have an event of this magnitude on its doorstep. Strangers who visit Howe are always pleasantly surprised to find a world-class art gallery, the Gallery at Kingsbury Place; the Ark Paws & Claws used bookstore with one of the largest collections of reading material in the state; the campus of the Howe School, including the remarkably beautiful interiors of St. James Chapel and mansion; The Gathering Place and The Howe Restaurant serving home-style meals and Iannarelli’s Italian Restaurant for the best Italian cuisine anywhere. There are top-notch motels as well as bed and breakfast establishments for the convenience of guests.

     The historic Howe area, besides being the first to be settled in LaGrange County and home to the first county seat, is blessed with beautiful lakes and fishing rivers, the Pigeon River Game Preserve, Geenfield Mills, golf courses and, of course, in the summer, people come from miles around to take part in the largest farmers’ market in the area. And last but not least, the ice cream cones at Happiness is Ice Cream. Who could ask for more?

     Come Home to Howe isn’t just a nice saying – it’s an invitation!