Hooray for Summer Interns!


Katie Denta (one of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance summer interns) and I went out in the Kokomo Visitors Bureau Jeep this month on a mission.  Katie took photos of local restaurants to upload on our Visit Kokomo Mobile App and website to enrich content and images.  We went to many local restaurants, taking photos all around the city.  I uploaded many of them today to our Visit Kokomo App.  Check out Local Restaurants under Where to Eat.  Thanks Katie for all your help!  Look for new photos on our website in the weeks to come!


Free Summer Concert Series & Festivals Rock Downtown Kokomo (Revised)

Downtown Kokomo will be rockin’ this summer with free concerts throughout the season!  Most performances will take place at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park (located at the corner of Washington & Superior Streets in Downtown.)  All concerts are family-friendly and perfect for a date night or spending time with family or friends.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and even a picnic for a free activity packed with fantastic entertainment.  For more details, visit KokomoSummerSeries.com.

Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park

Concert headliners include:

June 22, 2012 – Poco with special guest Paul Stout Country (Foster Park)

June 23, 2012 – Kokomo Symphony Summer Fun Concert (Foster Park)

June 28, 2012 – Here Come the Mummies with special guest Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes (Courthouse Square)

June 29, 2012 – Foghat with special guest Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston (Courthouse Square)

June 30, 2012 – Dennis DeYoung: Music of Styx with special guest InsideOut (Courthouse Square)

July 6, 2012 – An Intimate Evening with Rik Emmett of Triumph with special guest Pete Flores & Friends Local Talent in Concert  (Foster Park)

July 20, 2012 – John Waite with special guest Pink Torpedoes (Foster Park)

July 28, 2012 – Pat Travers Band with special guest Misfit Toys (Foster Park)

August 3-4, 2012 – Weberfest featuring Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, along with over ten other bands and performers (Foster Park)

August 17, 2012 – Pink Droyd Laser Light Spectacular with special guest Dave DeMaggio (Foster Park)

There are also many unique festivals in Kokomo for visitors to experience this summer.  All ages will enjoy celebrating Kokomo’s automotive heritage with food, arts & crafts, sports, car show, daily cruise-ins, parade, carnival, and live music at the Haynes-Apperson Festival in Downtown Kokomo on June 28-30, 2012.  Also, visit one of Indiana’s largest county fairs at the Howard County 4-H Fair held at the Howard County Fairgrounds on July 9-14, 2012.

Experience the best of Kokomo cuisine at the Taste of Kokomo, an annual favorite in Downtown on August 18, 2012. Sample local food & drinks from hometown restaurants and enjoy live music, food contests, and kid’s activities throughout the event!  Bluegrass lovers will want to mark their calendars for August 24-26, 2012 to attend the Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival in Wildcat Valley (Western Howard County) for a multi-day music festival with bands performing the best in bluegrass throughout the weekend.

For more information about concerts, festivals & events in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App!

Kokomo Eateries Added to Indiana Culinary Trails

Several local restaurants and bakeries in Kokomo were recently added to the Indiana Foodways Alliance Culinary Trails.  Kokomo is now a stop along several trails established throughout the state, including Burgers & Brew Trail (Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery), Hoosier Pie Trail (Moore’s Pie Shop), Pizza Trail (Martino’s Italian Villa), Tenderloin Trail (Artie’s Tenderloin & Ray’s Drive In), Sweet Temptations Trail (J. Edwards Fine Chocolates), Just Crusin’ Trail (Ray’s Drive In), I Scream for Ice Cream Trail (Jamie’s Soda Fountain), and Prime Rib & Steak Trail (The Quarry.)

To read more or to find out about Indiana’s Culinary Trails, visit www.indianafoodways.com.

Howard County Historical Society to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The Howard County Historical Society announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.   The Howard County Museum is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

“The people of Howard County have a long history of military service to America, and we’re proud to celebrate and support the contributions of the men and women of the armed forces.   This is one small way that we can say ‘thank you’”, said Dave Broman, Executive Director of HCHS. “We’re pleased to be able to share our community’s heritage with a group of men and women who’ve made such a strong commitment to our national heritage.”

More than 1,500 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit http://www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

Howard County Museum

The Howard County Historical Society is the custodian of the county’s unique heritage. The organization operates from a campus on West Sycamore Street in Kokomo, which includes two turn-of-the-century mansions and their carriage houses. The history museum is located in the remarkable Seiberling Mansion, a brick Victorian house built in 1889. The Elliott Carriage House contains the HCHS Local History Archives, and the Elliott House is a rental facility for meetings, receptions, and parties. Information on the organization, museum, and archives can be found at howardcountymuseum.org.

Kokomo’s 2012 Summer Concert Series Kicks Off This Weekend During RibFest

The Kokomo Summer Concert Series will kick off this weekend with The Average White Band headlining the concert on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Foster Park.  The Pavilion is located at the corner of Superior and Washington Streets in Downtown Kokomo.  The concert on Saturday will be held in conjunction with Kokomo RibFest, also in Foster Park from 4-11 p.m.   Music starts at 4 p.m.  Admission is free.
Other concerts coming to Kokomo this summer include: Poco with special guest Paul Stout Country (June 22), Here Come the Mummies with special guest Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes (June 28), Foghat with special guest Fran Cosmo former lead singer of Boston (June 29), Dennis DeYoung: Music of Styx with special guest Inside Out (June 30), An Intimate Evening with Rik Emmett of Triumph (July 6), John Waite (July 20), Pat Travers Band (July 28), Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes (August 3), Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (August 4), and Pink Droyd Laser Light Spectacular (August 17.)

All concerts throughout the season are free!  For complete details, visit www.KokomoSummerSeries.com.

Beautiful Day for the 2012 Strawberry Festival

The 2012 Strawberry Festival is today (June 7th) in Downtown Kokomo!  Starting at 11am this morning, strawberry shortcakes will be served until 3pm (or while quantities last.)  Don’t miss the fun – shortcakes, kid’s activities, vendors, music & much more!  If you can’t make it Downtown today, the Strawberry Festival is held annually on the 1st Thursday in June, and is a great family-friendly event for all ages!

Getting ready this morning for the festival


The one day of the year that it is OK to have strawberry shortcake for lunch!


Big crowd early in Downtown Kokomo


Try samples of frozen drinks handed out by McDonalds of Central Indiana during the festival