2011 Fall & Haunted Attractions in Kokomo

Visit Kokomo during the month of October for family-friendly fall fun and spooky adventures sure to please kids and adults alike.  Don’t miss these great fall attractions open in the Kokomo area this month!

Guffey Acres Corn Maze & Fall Attraction
Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring Guffey Acres corn maze fashioned after “America’s First Car” built by Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes in 1894.  Kids will also enjoy playing in the corn box, hayrides, farm animals & much more fun on the farm!
Location: 1603 N. 400 W., Kokomo
Open: September 29 – October 29, 2011
Hours: Thurs. 4-8pm, Fri. 4-11pm & Sat. 10am-10pm
Admission: $8 (includes admission to corn maze & most farm activities)
Kids 2 & under FREE
www.guffeyacres.com

Guffey Acres' 2011 Corn Maze featuring America's First Car built in Kokomo, IN

Halloween Hoot at Easy Acre Farm
Fun, fall event geared for kids 12 & under with haunted barn, farm games, corn maze, scarecrow workshop & much more!  Event is rain or shine.  Young kids will enjoy this daytime Halloween event!
Location: 3347 E. 50 N., Kokomo (located 1/2 mile north of State Road 22 between Kokomo and Greentown)
Open: October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2011
Hours: 10am-4pm
Admission: $10 per family
www.easyacrefarm.com

The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm
This ain’t Old MacDonald’s Farm!  Enjoy haunted barn, corn maze & bonfire! 
Location:  3347 E. 50 N., Kokomo (located 1/2 mile north of State Road 22 between Kokomo and Greentown)
Open: October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2011
Hours: 8-11pm
Admission: $10 per person
www.easyacrefarm.com

Edge of Insanity
The name says it all for this haunted attraction!  Explore Dr. Weitles Asylum in this house of horrors.
Location: 5635 N. 00 E.W., Kokomo
Open: October 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2011
Hours: 8-11pm
Admission: $8 per person
www.weitlesasylum.com

Twisted Darkness
Location: 1022 S. Main St., Kokomo
Open: October 7-8, 14-15, 20-22, 27-31, 2011
Hours: Fri. & Sat. 7pm-Midnight and Thurs., Sun., Mon. 7-10pm
Admission $10 per person
www.twistedhaunt.com

Gray’s Fright Night
Location: 10948 W. 500 N., Kokomo
Open: October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29, 2011
Hours: 8pm-Midnight
Admission: $8 per person
www.graysfrightnight.com

Haunted Trail Walk
Bring a flashlight for this spooky trail walk through the woods!  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Location: Jackson Morrow Park, Kokomo
Hours: October 29, 2011 from 6:00-8:30pm
Admission: FREE
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For a complete list of events in Kokomo, call 800-837-0971 or check out our online Calendar of Events!

Kokomo Named Indiana Chamber’s 2011 Community of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 03, 2011
Contact:         
Randy Morris
(765) 456-7444
rmorris@cityofkokomo.org

 Kokomo Named Indiana Chamber’s 2011 Community of the Year

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has honored the City of Kokomo with its 2011 Community of the Year Award.

The State Chamber honored Kokomo for maximizing its strengths and forming partnerships with private industry, higher education, and local economic development organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance to develop innovative strategies to enhance the city’s image and facilitate economic growth. 

Those Initiatives include:

  • Projects that replaced downtown traffic signals with decorative four-way stop signs, converted one-way streets to two-way, and removed over 400 parking meters.
  • The revitalization of downtown Kokomo through infrastructure improvements, the creation of a TIF district and riverfront district, and beautification efforts that resulted in seventeen new businesses opening downtown.
  • A focus on city parks that now attract thousands of visitors annually to events at a new outdoor pavilion, a new “Splash Pad” children’s feature at the Kokomo Beach waterpark, a nationally recognized softball complex, several miles of expanded and improved recreational trails and bike lanes, and updated athletic courts with energy-efficient lightning.
  • Working closely with business leaders to create new and creative economic development programs that have led to new jobs and more than $1.3 billion of new investment in Kokomo.
  • An expanding alternative transportation network that now includes free public transportation via City-Line trolleys.
  • An improvement in the city’s bond rating to a state-best AA+.

All of these initiatives were accomplished without raising taxes or adding fees.

“Kokomo is a resilient and determined community.  We all work together to improve our neighborhoods and create an attractive environment for businesses and their employees.  Our investments in infrastructure and quality of life amenities across the board have been very successful,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “The Community of the Year Award validates the hard work of dozens of organizations and hundreds of community advocates.  Receiving this distinguished honor sends the message that Kokomo is a progressive city with a pro-business environment that welcomes employers and employees.”

“I am proud to be a part of a community where the efforts and leadership of Mayor Goodnight, city & county officials, the Alliance, the Chamber, the business community, non-profit organizations and the citizens all link to make Kokomo a great place to live, work, play and grow your business,” said Kokomo Chamber President Jeff Cardwell. “Each of us has had to think differently, break-down barriers and innovate to make Kokomo prosperous. This award is well-deserved. Congratulations to all!”

“On behalf of the Alliance, we are extremely excited about this recognition,” said Jeb Conrad, President and CEO of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “Besides being a great tribute to our community, it will be an excellent asset to showcase our community as a business location.”

Kokomo will be officially honored with the Community of the Year Award during the Indiana Chamber’s 22nd Annual Awards Dinner on November 17th at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Four-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw will be the keynote speaker. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend.