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Mayfest theme announced


They are already thinking spring in Shipshewana and will celebrate spring with the annual MayFest Celebration. The Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association invites everyone to come join them for the fun on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4.

Friday begins with entertainment and food at the huge tent on Morton St. The free entertainment will begin with a magic show and will conclude later in the day with music by Heartstrings Bluegrass at 6 p.m. and Branded Bluegrass at 7 p.m. Friday evening also features a local talent contest at Shipshewana-Scott Elementary School.

Saturday morning begins with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a pancake breakfast, and then the parade.

This year, the parade is featuring equestrian units. Bring a horse carriage, rig, wagon or buggy. This is what makes the parade and community unique. Of course there will be bands, floats and all the other entries that make a parade so much fun.

After the parade, there will be face painting, buggy races, family games, radio control NASCAR races, a corn hole tournament, a garden tractor pull, and an amateur auctioneer contest. Watch for a juggler roaming the streets.

The family entertainment in the big tent on Morton St. will feature puppets, art awards, a Tae Kwan Do demonstration and cloggers. Saturday’s entertainment concludes with music by yodeler Aaron Stutzman, Livin’ Forgiven, and Lena Mullet with Amos Raber. 

Celebrate spring with a fun-packed weekend in Shipshewana. Visit for all the information on Mayfest as well as places to stay, shop and dine.