Culinary Corner Features Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market

Summer is now in full bloom!  There is no better place to spend a Saturday morning other than our local Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market.  If you are looking for fresh, wholesome, locally grown food, the market is the place to be!  The Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market also features an array of locally crafted arts, jewelry, soaps, and more.  This is true foods, local flavors, and a very local experience!

The day of “just produce” is long gone.  The market not only provides our community with the freshest produce one can find, but it also hosts other small businesses such as Burlington Meats, which takes pride in preparing great tasting foods from the finest and freshest meat.  This vendor processes pork, beef, and deer to your specification.  They are also well known for their pulled BBQ pork, homemade brats, and Italian sausage.

Das Bauck Haus offers cinnamon rolls among other freshly baked pastries and cakes at the market

Das Bauck Has (The Bake House) specializes in cakes, pies, breads, and is a distributor for Charitee Organic Agave Nectar Products.  Agave Nector is a natural sweetener for food and beverages and has many health advantages over traditional artificial sweeteners. 

If you are looking for fresh herbs, the Dragonwood booth is a great stop.  They also have locally produced honey and an assortment of home-crafted teas. 

The Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market loves to have musicians, artists, and educational classes on site whenever possible.  The market will buzz with local musicians such as the sounds of the Rhum Academy of Music, another one of Downtown Kokomo’s jewels.  Rhum Academy is a place where individual students are encouraged to express themselves freely through music.

Come spend a Saturday morning with local flair!  The Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday now through October 15, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – Noon at the corner of Sycamore and Union Streets.  Visit their website for more information or view their calendar of events at www.KokomoFarmersMarket.com.   

Kim Morgan
Kokomo Visitors Bureau

2011 Duck Derby at Kokomo Beach

It is time again for Samaritan Caregiver’s Annual Duck Derby!  Plan to bring the entire family on Thursday, July 28, 2011 to Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center from 5-10 p.m. for an evening of fun, games, and food.  

From 5-7 p.m, Duck Derby ticket holders (tickets $5 each) will receive free Papa John’s pizza, Coca Cola products, and enjoy free children’s games.  From 7-10 p.m., Kokomo Beach will be open to Duck Derby ticket holders with a wrist band.  Wrist bands are given out on a first come first serve basis beginning at 5 p.m. with 1,400 maximum capacity in Kokomo Beach.  Non-swimmers may view the races from bleachers outside the fence.

The Papa Duck and Rubber Duck races will be held in the Lazy River from 7-8 p.m.  Papa Duck’s are sponsored by local businesses and compete for a Papa John’s Pizza Party.  The winner of the rubber duck race will receive $500, courtesy of the Kokomo offices of Edward Jones Investments.

Rubber ducks race in the Annual Duck Derby at Kokomo Beach

 Duck Derby tickets are available for $5 each at the following locations:  First Farmers Bank & Trust (Kokomo, Greentown & Russiaville branches), Lisa’s Scissor Shack, Grindstone Charley’s, Richard’s Restaurant, City of Firsts Community FCU, Itty Bitty Boutique, Tiny Tots & Polka Dots, Solidarity Community FCU, local Woody’s locations, and the Samaritan Caregivers office. 

Call 765-453-7611 or check their website for more information. 

This  year’s event is sponsored by Z92.5 Kokomo’s Variety, Papa John’s Pizza, and First Farmers Bank & Trust.  Proceeds from the Duck Derby benefit Samaritan Caregivers, a nonprofit United Way organization providing free help to seniors in Howard County.

American Veterans Traveling Tribute & Traveling Wall Coming to Kokomo

Members of the community attended the AVTT kick-off event in Kokomo's Foster Park

Community leaders and members of the media gathered at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park yesterday to hear the announcement of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute & Traveling Wall arrival to Kokomo this fall.  The large exhibit travels throughout the country, and thousands of visitors are anticipated to visit Kokomo for this four day special event.  Visit www.visitkokomo.org/veterans for a list of special hotel rates offered in Kokomo for AVTT visitors.  The full press release is provided below.

Kokomo, IN — Thousands of people are expected to visit Kokomo in early fall when the America Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) and Traveling Wall come to Kokomo. Veterans, active members of America’s armed services and those who want to honor military veterans are expected to convene in Kokomo.  

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will be in Kokomo from September 29th to October 2nd.

The display will be open free to the public, 24 hours a day, on the GM Components Holdings grounds on the southeast corner of U.S. 31 and Boulevard.

“I praise our local DAV chapter 28 for bringing this memorial for its only Indiana appearance in 2011,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “Visiting the Traveling Tribute is an opportunity for each of us to reflect upon the price of our freedom and remember those who paid the ultimate price for that freedom.”

The traveling memorial will arrive in Kokomo on Wednesday, September 28th, behind hundreds of motorcyclists who will convene a special escort beginning in Wabash, IN. 

During the four day event, thousands are anticipated to come to Kokomo from throughout Indiana and neighboring states. 

“Based upon the economic data reported from other host communities, this is an incredible opportunity for local business owners to capitalize on an increased volume of traffic,” said Jeb Conrad, CEO/President Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.  “It is an honor to assist in this monumental community event honoring those that paved the way for our freedom.”

The AVTT’s mission is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service.

“”The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will allow veterans, family members, and visitors a chance to show their respect and honor a fallen comrade or a loved one or a friend once again,” said Jerry Fivecoate, Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 28.  “It will also be a great tool for local educators to share with students that all the freedoms they have in this country did not come without cost.” 

“I feel that hosting the AVTT this fall is a tremendous privilege for Kokomo and Howard County, while paying a well-deserved tribute to our Veterans in the Central Indiana region,” praised Honorary Chairman and representative of Howard County Government, Tyler Moore. “I can’t thank the organizers enough!  It will truly be a weekend to remember!”

Local planners are arranging guests to speak each day during special ceremonies.  Speakers include Lance Trenary, President of Company Operations, Golden Corral, David Webb Vice President of Company Operations, Golden Corral, Jerome Kelly, District Manager, Golden Corral and Major General David L. Harris, Pentagon, who is also a 2011 Military Appreciation Days Honorary Chairmen.

“This event will be an outstanding way to pay tribute to all of our veterans in Howard County and those that have served our great country,” said 2011, Military Appreciation Days General Chairman Rick Riddle.

In addition to the Traveling Wall, the AVTT will present several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits.  The Traveling Wall, the memorial’s emotional centerpiece, is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. It is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA, and it will be staffed with volunteers who will use computers to help locate names and answer questions.

Across its 370-foot length the wall contains every name etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the National Mall at Washington D.C. At its apex the memorial is an impressive eight-feet tall.

A complete schedule of activities, ceremonies and special events will soon be available at www.kokomotribute.com.

Kokomo Canoe & Kayak Rentals Now Open

Looking for new ideas for family recreation?  Explore the scenic Wildcat Creek in Howard County on a canoe or kayak!  Kokomo Canoe & Kayak Rentals is now open at Kokomo Reservoir Park (located at the fishing pier.)  Over 30 canoes and 25 kayaks (single and tandems) are available to rent with affordable hourly and daily rates offered.  Rental hours are Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m through Labor Day.  Earlier hours or weekday or off-site rentals are available by appointment or reservation. 

Canoeing and kayaking are great family activities while enjoying a beautiful summer day!  Pets are also welcome.  For more information, call 765-860-1500 or visit www.KokomoCanoeKayak.com.

Kokomo Fireworks Rescheduled

Kokomo’s fireworks were postponed due to inclement weather last weekend.  The fireworks show has been rescheduled for Friday, July 8, 2011.  Fireworks will be held after the Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real concert in Foster Park.  Concert will start at 6:30 p.m.  For more information on the summer concert series in Foster Park, visit www.KokomoSummerSeries.com.