Strawberry Festival is Coming to Downtown Kokomo

Usher in the summer festival season at the Strawberry Festival in downtown Kokomo on Thursday, June 3.  Delicious Amish-baked shortcakes topped with sweet strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and fluffy whipped cream make this festival one of my favorites!   The giant strawberry shortcakes will be served for only $5 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (or while quantities last!)

Fresh local-grown strawberries will be available to purchase as well as kettle korn.  John Rosborough and the Sound of Music All-Stars will provide toe-tapping entertainment.  Strawberry Festival is a perfect time to stop for lunch at one of the great restaurants in downtown Kokomo, and then have dessert while enjoying the start of summer with friends, family, or co-workers.  

Advance tickets can be purchased at Community First Bank, The Pointy Pencil, Baja Burritos, Palmer’s Jewelry, and the Kokomo/Howard County Chamber of Commerce, all located in downtown Kokomo.  Join us at the 2010 Kokomo Strawberry Festival for a sweet time!  For more information, call the Kokomo Downtown Association, 765-454-7926.

Kokomo Beach Opens on Memorial Day Weekend

Cool off at Kokomo’s hottest summer attraction!  Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center opens on Saturday, May 29th for the 2010 season.  Fun and affordable for the entire family, Kokomo Beach offers the following: 

  • Leisure Pool
  • High Energy Water Slides
  • Lazy River
  • Competition & Lap Pool
  • Slide Tower
  • Children’s Sand Playground

What a great way to spend time with the kids this weekend!  Kokomo Beach is open Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. & Sunday Noon – 7:00 p.m.  Family changing rooms and a food court are also available.  For more information, call 765-456-7540 or visit their website.

Kokomo Winners Selected For Outstanding Hospitality Service

Congratulations to Lois Martin from the Seiberling Mansion and Kokomo Fairfield Inn’s Debbie Zook!  Both were selected as recipients of the 2010 Hoosier Hospitality Award given by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman in recognition of outstanding contributions in the tourism industry.  The awards were given last week at the Indiana Statehouse during Visit Indiana Week.  Nineteen people in all were recognized.  Thanks to all those in the Kokomo area that provide wonderful service to all of our visitors! 

Lois Martin (Seiberling Mansion) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman

Debbie Zook (Kokomo Fairfield Inn) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman

Experience The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting!

It is the month of May in Indiana, and in a few weeks it will be time to “start your engines” in Indianapolis as race fans descend upon the city for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”  In Kokomo, however, it is time for the 16th Annual Greatest Spectacle in Tasting! 

Tents full of wonderful food and over one hundred different wine and microbrew samples will be waiting to be devoured.  You can taste specialties from over 30 restaurants (including a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts!)  The event will also include live music and a huge silent auction with tons of fantastic items up for bid. 

The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting will be held on Saturday, May 15th on the grounds of Bona Vista in Kokomo from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance from Bona Vista or any Soupley’s location and $35 at the door.  Proceeds will benefit Bona Vista.  Visit their website for information on their organization or for a list of restaurants that will be represented at this year’s event.  Cheers!

The Indiana 500 Tour Launched Today

Indiana State Senator Jim Buck at the Indiana 500 Tour Kokomo Kick-off

It was great to have Indiana State Senator Jim Buck speak at our Indiana 500 Tour kick-off event today at the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  It was a perfect setting with over 100 antique automobiles on display in the background to showcase Indiana’s newest tour focused on transportation heritage!  The Indiana 500 Tour officially launched today with five different cities hosting celebrations throughout Indiana.  Thanks to all those that attended!  For more information, visit

Explore Kokomo’s Automotive Heritage on the Indiana 500 Tour

The new Indiana 500 Tour launches today and focuses on Indiana’s great transportation and motorsports heritage.  Several sites in Kokomo are included on the tour.  Join us on Tuesday, May 11 as we celebrate the Indiana 500 Tour Kokomo kick-off at the Kokomo Automotive Museum at 1:30 p.m.  We also invite you to visit Kokomo as you travel the Indiana 500 Tour this year!  Learn about America’s First Car while visiting the Elwood Haynes Museum and Kokomo Automotive Museum and enjoy exciting racing at the Kokomo Speedway. 

America’s first car was developed in Kokomo by Elwood Haynes in 1894.  Visit the Elwood Haynes Museum, the famous inventor’s former residence, which now houses a collection of his possessions and inventions.  Then, take a drive down Boulevard Street (formerly named Pumpkinvine Pike) where Haynes took the first automobile test run and see the historical marker that marks the spot today.

Elwood Haynes

Stroll through the past at the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique automobiles and memorabilia are on display, including the second car invented by Elwood Haynes in 1895 and many other early autos built in Kokomo.  If you enjoy automobiles, this is the place to be! 

Don’t forget lunch!  Enjoy a hand-breaded tenderloin, burger, or chocolate malt at one of the popular diners or drive-ins in Kokomo.  Jamie’s Soda Fountain, Ray’s Drive-In, Artie’s Tenderloin, Ned’s Corner Pub, and B&K Root Beer are all great choices. 

Experience a night of fast racing at the Kokomo Speedway.  From non-wing sprints to midgets and stock cars to mini-sprints, there is something for every racing fan.  Races are held on Sunday nights from May into September.  

For more information on Kokomo, visit or call 800-837-0971.  To learn more about the Indiana 500 Tour, go to

Indiana 500 Tour Kicks Off in Kokomo

Join us for the Indiana 500 Tour kickoff on Tuesday, May 11 at the Kokomo Automotive Museum at 1:30 p.m.  Kokomo is one of five cities in Indiana that will be holding a kickoff ceremony celebrating Indiana’s newest tour.  The Indiana 500 Tour will highlight all the great museums, exhibits, attractions, historical sites, events, and dining in our state related to transportation. 

During our kickoff event, Indiana State Senator Jim Buck will launch the 500 Mile Tour.  Antique autos, bicycle club members with their bicycles, motorcyclists, and running club members will attend, refreshments will be served, and more information will be available about the newly created state tourism initiative.

For more information, contact 800-837-0971 or  Visit to learn more about Kokomo area attractions featured on the Indiana 500 Tour!