It is definitely spring in Shipshewana and the town is celebrating May 4 and 5 with its annual Mayfest celebration. The theme this year is “The Colors of Spring.”
Things kick off Friday, May 4, with entertainment and food in the huge tent on Morton St. Magician John Dudley will perform his hilarious brand of magic at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Friday in the main tent.
Music will fill the tent with the Westview Band and Choir performing through at 12:15 p.m.
The Northridge High School Theater class will perform on stage at 5 p.m. Friday.
Friday evening will conclude with a trio of music groups in the main tent. Joe Lehman Group takes the stage at 6 p.m., followed by the Emma Men’s Octet at 7 p.m. and Lorena Mast and Family at 8 p.m.
Friday evening will see the return of donkey basketball in the Shipshewana-Scott Elementary gym at 6 p.m.
On Saturday morning, Mayfest will get off to a fast start with the Mayfest Road and Trail Run at 8 a.m. The 3-on-3 basketball tourney will also start at 8 a.m. in the Wolfe Building.
The parade will head down Morton St. at 10 a.m., with bands, floats, fire trucks and horses taking part this year.
The entertainment starts after the parade with the Mousetrap Puppets in the main tent.
Other highlights for Saturday include a pancake and sausage benefit breakfast from 8-10 a.m., buggy races at 11 a.m., family games on the Antique Gallery front lawn at noon, Shipshewana Police Dept. K9 demo at the Wolfe Building Park at 1 p.m., followed by the Allen County Police Dept. bomb demo at 1:30 p.m. in East Park.
The Lakeland Cheer Team will be on the main stage at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Hoosier Tae Kwan Do demonstration at 1:15. The Mousetrap Puppets return to the stage at 2 p.m.
The Heartland Country Cloggers take over the stage at 3 p.m.
A crowd favorite, the Non-Licensed Auction Contest will be held at 4 p.m.
Around town, a Pony Pull will begin at 1 p.m. on the corner of North St. and SR 5. The garden tractor pull will roar to life on Main St. at 2:30 p.m. Throughout the day, kids can have their faces painted or try out radio control NASCAR racers.
There will be plenty of food on hand at the main tent.
The evening entertainment on Saturday starts at 6 p.m. with Conley and Schmidt. John Schmidt will close out the festival on stage starting at 7:30 p.m.