The LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau and www.VisitShipshewana.org have announced several upcoming entertainment, family, outdoor, and cultural events to kick off the visitor season in Shipshewana.
“The Confession” opens April 24. Based on books by nationally-acclaimed author Beverly Lewis, this musical drama exclusive to the Blue Gate Theater runs through Aug. 18. A variety of ticket packages is available.
Ricky Skaggs will be in concert May 4. Marking his 53rd year in music, Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder come to the Shipshewana Town Center to entertain in Skaggs’ legendary bluegrass style.
Sawyer Brown will be in concert May 5. After 23 years, 3,500 shows, gold and platinum albums, and numerous awards, this five-member band continues to offer up classic hits such as “The Dirt Road,” “The Walk,” and “Step That Step.”
A Kite Komotion Clinic and Festival will be held on Saturday, April 28. Several local sponsors are teaming up with the LaGrange Communities Youth Center to offer this event. This free clinic and festival begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. behind the Shipshewana Town Center located at 760 S. Van Buren St. (SR 5).
Two internationally acclaimed professional kite teams, The Detroit Windjammers and Chicago Fire, will wow the crowds with kite-flying stunts choreographed to music. Kids can make and fly kites and a candy drop will occur at noon and 2 p.m. Food vendors will also be selling local fare.
For more information, call (260) 499-6359 or (260) 768-7764.
Mayfest will be held May 4 and 5.A Shipshewana tradition since the mid-1980s, this occasion, with the theme “The Colors of Spring” this year, brings together both locals and visitors for a fun-filled, small-town event.
A parade, two running events, kid’s games, music, donkey basketball, and of course, local food, are all offered so the public can celebrate the lighter and brighter, more festive days of summer.
Special events will take place from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Special Invitation to LaGrange County residents:The LCCVB invites any LaGrange County residents to participate in the May 5 Mayfest Parade.
To participate in the parade, call 260-768-4904, or visit www.Shipshewana.com for a parade entry form.
A Garden, Art, Antique, and Green Outdoor Show will be held May 5in conjunction with Mayfest. This show will feature vendors of garden, art, green, and antiques on the Antique Gallery lawn across from the flea market.
Cook’s Bison Ranch will celebrate its annual Calf Day on June 16. Enjoy a day of family fun from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring music, food, and roaming buffalo. Free wagon rides will be available to see the ranch’s bison, and other activities include buffalo hair weaving, bison jerky tasting, and pony rides. While the event is free, a minimal parking fee is charged and donations will be accepted for a local charity.
Flea markets opens...
The Shipshewana Flea Market will open for the season on May 1.The Midwest’s largest flea market is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday from May 1 through the end of October. Visitors will find 900 vendors selling everything from produce to pictures, clothes to cleaning supplies, antiques to arts and crafts, and much more.
The flea market will operate on extended hours during the Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day holidays, open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 2, over 100 vendors will display their goods around the winding sidewalks of the Antique Gallery. An array of quality antiques will be available for purchase, including primitives, refinished furniture, toys, pottery and glass, plus much more. Enjoy the outdoor shopping of the market as well as the indoor shopping of the gallery. No admission fee.
The 12th Annual Pumpkinvine Bike Ride will take place Saturday, June 16. Choose from a 10.4-mile family trail ride all the way up to a 100-mile ride. SAG stops are located throughout each ride, with pie and ice cream offered at Abshire Park and the Shipshewana Flea Market points. Registration is required with a downloadable form available at www.Pumpkinvine. org.
The Shipshewana Quilt Festival will be held June 20-23. Registration has already begun for this four-day occasion that welcomes over 2,500 guests annually. This festival has been voted as one of the top 100 events in North America, as voted by the American Bus Association.
The quilt festival will feature workshops, displays, and keynote speaker Ricky Tims.
Quilt festival attendees can purchase shop hop passports for a small fee and the passport will provide a tote for carrying goodies and entrance into eight local retailers. Passports may be purchased at any of the eight retailers. For a list of the retailers, visit www.ShipshewanaQuilt Fest.com.