Kokomo’s Auto Museum is Worth the Visit

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is tucked away inside the Kokomo Event Center on U.S. 31 and is a true jewel in our community.  I visited the museum today to give someone that had never been in a sneak peek. 

What a great collection!  It has been awhile since I have taken the full tour, and was glad I had the chance to visit again today.  With over 110 antique automobiles in chronological order, this museum is such a great legacy of the rich automotive heritage in the city of Kokomo. 

If you haven’t been, I highly encourage you to visit.  It doesn’t matter if you are a visitor or have been living in the Kokomo area for 30 years, a trip to the Kokomo Automotive Museum is a walk down memory lane and a great showcase of fantastic vehicles, some even made in Kokomo!      

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Admission is only $5 adults and $4 seniors.  Group rates are also available.  For more information, call 765-454-9999 or visit their website.

Kokomo’s July 4th Weekend Events

Visit Kokomo to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  From car shows and carnival rides to an air show and fireworks, there is something for the entire family to enjoy!

Haynes-Apperson Parade - July 3 at 2 p.m.

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 1-3, 2010
Come to downtown Kokomo for a fun-filled weekend! 
Hours: Thursday & Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday Noon-11 p.m.
Food vendors, carnival rides, sports festival, cruise-in & much more!
Parade – Saturday 2 p.m.
Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Quarter Midget Racing – Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Fireworks – Saturday 10 p.m.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Festival Entertainment Lineup:
Thursday – Paul Stout Country, Cook & Belle & LoCash Cowboys
Friday – Inside Out, Wang Chung & LoverBoy
Saturday – Token Blue, Joe Cameron Band & Amanda Overmyer
All concerts are FREE!  VIP tickets on sale for only $20 each. 
Visit the website for the full schedule of events!

See Ed Escallon & his PT-19 at the 2010 Air Show

Kokomo Wings & Wheels Air Show – July 3, 2010
All activities held at the Kokomo Airport
Pancake Breakfast – 7-11 a.m.  (tickets available at the door)
FREE Air Show – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Antique & hotrod cars and motorcycles, static plane display, air show acrobatics, concession stand, face painting, kid’s bounce houses & more!
Visit the website for the full list of events.

4th of July Fireworks
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown – July 4 at dusk
Kokomo Speedway – Enjoy a night of street stocks, thunder cars, sprint cars & fireworks – July 4 (qualifying races start around 5:30 p.m.)

Need to cool off while enjoying all the great holiday events?  Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center will be open all weekend!  Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday 12 – 7 p.m. 

For more information on Kokomo lodging, events, and attractions, visit our website www.visitkokomo.org or call 800-837-0971.

Kokomo’s Culinary Corner Explores Local Breakfast Spots

Hello Culinary Corner friends.  This issue is all about the most important meal of the day . . . BREAKFAST!

I’m not necessarily a breakfast person.  I usually grab a quick cup of coffee and save my calories for lunch.  However there are some really cool spots in Kokomo to start your day, whether you go for a light bite or a big country style breakfast.

The Vault

First up is the newest addition to downtown, the Vault.  I’m really excited to see a coffee shop located back downtown.  It’s part coffee shop, part sandwich shop.  The Vault is located at 223 N. Main.  It is open Monday through Friday 7am-5pm.  This establishment features the lighter side of breakfast.  Of course it has awesome coffee, but it also has breakfast sandwiches, cereal, and fresh daily baked muffins, donuts, and cookies.  This spot is also great when you need to pull out your laptop and get some work done.  It offers free WiFi and a printer.

The Sly Fox

Next, we’re going “old school.”  The Sly Fox is located at 1410 N. Washington Street.  I must first mention that the Sly Fox is a bar and open only to those 21 and over.  They feature a full menu, but the breakfast is a winner.  The first time I entered the establishment, I must say I was a little scared.  There are three doors before you enter the restaurant.  YES, I said THREE doors!  But once I entered, I was greeted by a friendly bartender and several “regulars” who made me feel right at home.  The special is a ½ pound pork chop, two eggs, hash browns, and coffee for $5.99.  I ordered a western omelet, which was big enough to feed the entire population west of the Mississippi!  All the portions are huge and prices are cheap.  If you want a BIG breakfast and you’re over 21, I highly recommend the Sly Fox.

The Book Nook Bistro

Next on the list is no newcomer to Culinary Corner.  The Book Nook has been featured before, but I just could not leave them out of this category.  This breakfast spot is also located in downtown Kokomo.  You will find Chef Reed and his “super fantastic” Breakfast Skillet at 311 W. Walnut.  The Book Nook Bistro is a cool little quaint spot.  It is great for breakfast and lunch.  All items on the menu are something different and things you cannot get anywhere but the Book Nook.  My favorite breakfast item is the Breakfast Skillet.  It is a bowl loaded with potatoes, eggs, sausage, and cheese.  It’s more than any one person can eat, but it’s so good.  I just kept eating and eating and eating!

The next time you dine out, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, try something new.  There are many hidden culinary treasures located in our great community.  For a complete dining guide, come to the Kokomo Visitors Bureau located inside the Kokomo Event Center at 1504 N. Reed Road or call 800-837-0971.  We will be happy to furnish you with a complete list of Kokomo’s dining options!

Do you have a favorite breakfast spot in Kokomo?  Leave a comment and let me know where you enjoy your favorite morning meal! 


2010 Kokomo Summer Festivals

Visit Kokomo to get your fill of food, music, fireworks, and great family fun at one of our fantastic summer festivals!  Starting this weekend with the Western Days Festival, enjoy non-stop fun throughout the summer festival season in Kokomo and Howard County.  I can hardly wait for my first elephant ear and lemon shake-up!  Here is a preview of the festival line-up this summer.

Western Days Festival – June 4-6
Downtown Russiaville (8 miles west of Kokomo)
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9 am – 11 pm & Sun. 11 am – 5 pm
Celebrating 150 years of the “Pony Express”, this annual festival has it all — craft vendors, tons of festival food, car show, parade, antique tractor show, carnival rides, demonstrations, live music, contests, and fireworks.

Kokomo RibFEST

Kokomo RibFEST – June 12
Downtown Kokomo – 4:00 pm – Midnight
Even the largest appetite is no match for the endless variety of ribs, pulled pork, and other great food offered during RibFEST!  Live music, kid’s activities, a beer garden, and contests will also fill the evening.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 1-3
Downtown Kokomo
Hours: Thurs & Fri. 5-11 pm and Sat. Noon – Midnight
This annual festival celebrates Kokomo’s proud automotive heritage and as the Home of America’s First Car (invented by Elwood Haynes in 1894.)  Enjoy car shows, food, crafts, carnival rides, fantastic bands, sports tournaments, large parade, and fireworks!  Some of the entertainers this year include LoverBoy, Amanda Overmyer, Wang Chung, LoCash Cowboys, and the Joe Cameron Band.

Howard County Fair – July 12-17
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown
Festival-goers will get their fill of food, great music, carnival rides, vendors, 4-H animals & exhibits, stunt driving entertainment, antique tractors, Pioneer Village demonstrations & much more.  Visit their website for a full schedule of events!

Taste of Kokomo

The Taste of Kokomo – August 21
Downtown Kokomo – 5:00-11:00 pm
Great food is the highlight of this popular festival!  Kokomo restaurants will feature a variety of local specialties, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts!  A variety of bands will perform throughout the night.  A beer garden and kid’s activities will also be offered.  A great way to try a little taste of it all!

For more information on Kokomo festivals, call 800-837-0971 or check out the Kokomo Calendar of Events on our website.