Western Days Festival Starts Friday

Celebrate old fashion Western Days in Downtown Russiaville on May 29-31.  This weekend will be packed with fun activities for the entire family.  Here are some of the highlights:

Friday, May 29
Queen Contest
Branded Bluegrass in Concert
Tortilla Throwing & Bubble Gum Blowing Contests

Saturday, May 30
Parade
Town-Wide Rummage Sale
“Russiaville’s Got Talent” Contest
Karaoke Contest
Fireworks

Sunday, May 31
Car Show
Gospel Singing
5K Run/Walk

Activities throughout the weekend include:
Antique Tractor Show
Carnival Rides/Games
Historical Society Exhibit
Arts & Crafts
Live Musical Entertainment
Chainsaw Carving Demonstration
Lots of Great Festival Food!

Festival is located 8 miles west of U.S. 31 on State Road 26 in Howard County.  For more information, call the Russiaville Town Hall at 765-883-5739.  Go to www.visitkokomo.org for a full list of special events in the Kokomo area!

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Kokomo Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Festival 2005

Join us for Kokomo’s annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 4 in downtown Kokomo on the Courthouse Square.  Giant strawberry shortcakes will be served up with Amish-made shortcake, ice cream, whipped cream, and loads of strawberries from 11am-3pm (or until quantities last!)  Visitors will also enjoy big band music, vendors selling fresh strawberries and kettle korn, Pioneer Auto Club car cruise-in, and a display of the 1923 Haynes Blue Ribbon Speedster.    

Tickets for strawberry shortcakes are only $5 and advance tickets are available to avoid standing in line.  Advance tickets are available at Community First Bank, Palmer’s Jewelry, Engel Jewelers, Kokomo Downtown Association office, and Salin Bank, all located in downtown Kokomo.   Tickets will also be sold at the event.  Make plans now to attend with family, friends, or co-workers.  Usher in the summer season with this great family event!

Spend Tourism Week in Kokomo

Photo: U.S. Travel Association

Photo: U.S. Travel Association

National Tourism Week is May 9-17.  In celebration of the travel industry this week, I thought I would list some of our wonderful (and budget-friendly) attractions here in Kokomo and Howard County.  To find out more about Kokomo or to receive a free Kokomo Visitors Guide, visit our website or call 1-800-837-0971.  No matter how close to home you stay this year in your travels, take the time to relax, have some fun, and experience or learn something new.  Happy travels!    

Kokomo Automotive Museum
Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center
Elwood Haynes Museum
Seiberling Mansion
Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory
Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery
Kokomo Art Center
Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park
Kirkendall Interpretive Center
Kokomo Artworks Store & Gallery
Greentown Glass Museum
Greentown History Center

Go to www.visitkokomo.org for more information on these attractions, lodging, shopping, dining, local festivals and more.  Have you been to one of the attractions listed?  Leave a comment and let me know about your experience!

The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting

Greatest Spectacle 1

Although Indianapolis is known for hosting the “greatest spectacle in racing,”  visitors to Kokomo can experience “The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting” on Saturday, May 16 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Besides a delicious selection of food by great local restaurants (which in itself is a great spectacle,) there will be much more offered to provide an excellent evening of entertainment.

In addition to over 30 restaurants offering a sampling of their highlighted cuisines, over 100 different wine and microbrew samples will be available to taste.  The Smooth Operators, a “Docs that Rock” band, will provide some great live entertainment.  There will also be raffle baskets and a huge silent auction with fantastic prizes, such as a gas grill, jewelry, and an autographed photo of Peyton Manning. 

Greatest Spectacle 2

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.  Proceeds will benefit Bona Vista Programs.  The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting will be held at the grounds of Bona Vista, 1220 E. Laguna Street in Kokomo.  For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call 765-457-8273 or visit their website.

Quilt Exhibit Begins Today

quilts

The Howard County Heritage Quilt Exhibit begins today.  Visit the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo between May 1 and August 30 and view 35 quilts on exhibit from the museum’s collection dating as far back as the 1840’s.  The collection includes crazy quilts, signature quilts, bicentennial quilts, and many other quilts featuring a variety of patterns and materials.

The Quilt Exhibit will be on display Tuesday – Sunday from 1-4 pm.  Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for kids 12 & under.  For more information, call 765-452-4314 or visit www.HowardCountyMuseum.org.   

Plan to bring a group and enjoy a full tour of the quilt exhibit and lunch at the Seiberling Mansion (10 person minimum and reservations are required.)  There will be a Quilt Discovery & Documentation session offered on May 3 to learn more about your family quilts from quilt historian Xenia Cord.  There will also be a quilt demonstration on August 2 by the Kokomo Piecemakers Club from 1-4 pm at the Seiberling Mansion. 

Crazy about quilts?  Don’t miss the 2009 “Quilts Along the Wildcat” Quilt Show at the Kokomo Event Center on June 5-6.  The show will be open from 9am-5pm each day and admission is $5.  If you enjoy quilts, you won’t want to miss this show as 300 beautiful quilts will be on display!  Visit their website for more information.